Alan Richard STEWART



Born:  5 August 1921 - Invercargill, NZ
Mother:   Lilian Adams STEWART  (ne McKENZIE)
Father:   William STEWART (jr)


Married:    never

Children:    none



Second World War Service

Enlisted:   21 December 1940,  at Harewood, Christchurch, NZ
initially employed on ground duties,   as Aircrafthand 2nd Class
Posted:  on 25 May 1941,  to Initial Training Wing, Levin, NZ
Promotion:  on 26 May 1941,  to the rank of Leading Aircraftman

Posted:  on 5 July 1941,  to No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, Taieri, Dunedin, NZ
to commence flying training
Embarked:  on 4 September 1941,  for Canada,
to complete flying training under the Empire Air Training Scheme
Posted:  on 1 October 1941,  to No. 6 Service Flying Traing School, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada

Promotion:  on 2 January 1942,  awarded the Flying Badge, and promoted to the rank of Sergeant
Embarked:  on 11 January 1942,  from No. 1 Y Depot, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,  for the UK

Arrived:  on 10 February 1942,  at No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, UK
Transferred:  on 24 March 1942,  to No. 3 (P) Air Flying Unit, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, UK
to commence advanced flying training
Posted:  on 7 August 1942,  to No. 3 (C) Operational Training Unit, Cranwell, Lincolnshire, UK
where he completed his Wellington bomber pilot training

Posted:  in late October 1942,  to No. 1443 Ferry Training Flight, Harwell, Berkshire, UK,
and then via Gibraltar and Mersa Matruh, Egypt
Arrived:  on 5 December 1942,  at a landing field in the Western Desert,
before completing a torpedo course at No. 5 Middle East Training School, Shallufa, Egypt

Posted:  on 23 April 1943,  to 221 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command, Luqa, Malta
Promotion:  on 1 May 1943,  to Flight Sergeant

Commission:  on 16 September 1943,  as Pilot Officer

From both Luqa, Malta, and Protville, Tunisia
undertook 24 operational flights
(14 anti-submarine & escort flights,
10 enemy shipping strikes)


Died:    8 November 1943  -  in the Mediterranean Sea, out from Malta
Aged:  22


Awarded posthumously:
1939/45 Star
Italy Star
Africa Star, with North Africa 1942-43 clasp
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
NZ War Service Medal





Malta - location

Malta Memorial - location

Julie at The Malta Memorial

Ross at Panel 12

Panel 12

A R Stewart detail on Panel 12



Personal History  (from the RAF)

RAF Record of Service

RAF Crew

221 Squadron Ops Log - 8 Nov 1943 extract

War Graves Letter

"For Your Tomorrow" excerpt - p159


1944 letter to Mrs Shaver


War Graves detail


221 Squadron

(mock-up of likely appearance of HZ963)


HZ963 modelled in rimu