Warrant Officer [Wireless Operator/Air Gunner]

Robert Alexander O'Kane

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of Francis and Esther O'Kane, of Te Kuiti, Auckland, New Zealand.

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I have just visited his grave, as I do regularly, for he is buried near my father-in-law and most of my wife's family. His grave is extremely well cared for and is often dressed with flowers by the v... Read More
I have just visited his grave, as I do regularly, for he is buried near my father-in-law and most of my wife's family. His grave is extremely well cared for and is often dressed with flowers by the villagers. We will remember.


Further details of Robert O'Kane (in French) can be found at this site (also the source of this particular photograph):- http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/7%20juin%201944/POULLAN_Ju... Read More
Further details of Robert O'Kane (in French) can be found at this site (also the source of this particular photograph):- http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/7%20juin%201944/POULLAN_Juillet_2011-1.jpg  


I knew the man whose father and grandfather made the coffin for Robert O'Kane. He was actually in the room (hidden behind a curtain) when they placed his body in the coffin. For many years afterwards... Read More
I knew the man whose father and grandfather made the coffin for Robert O'Kane. He was actually in the room (hidden behind a curtain) when they placed his body in the coffin. For many years afterwards, he and his grandfather visited the grave together. Sadly, my friend died in September 2012 of a massive heart attack. Attached is a French-English version of the text contributed by Anthea Burton in November 2012. My friend wrote part of the text, and we translated the entire thing from French to English together.


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Searching other informations I found this ... Maybe you'll be interested to get it. "June 18th, 1944 at 10 A.M. we detemined the death appearing to go back up to six days ago of Robert Alexandre O'Ka... Read More
Searching other informations I found this ... Maybe you'll be interested to get it. "June 18th, 1944 at 10 A.M. we detemined the death appearing to go back up to six days ago of Robert Alexandre O'Kane born in New Zealand in June,7th 1921. The body was found on the territory of our town (Poullan-sur-Mer) in the village of Kerandraon. Written, in June, 19th 1944."


My uncle, Bruce George Barton was a 21 year old airman on the same plane. It seems he and Robert O'Kane both left for Canada 28 December, 1941 to serve in the RCF as their service records match over ... Read More
My uncle, Bruce George Barton was a 21 year old airman on the same plane. It seems he and Robert O'Kane both left for Canada 28 December, 1941 to serve in the RCF as their service records match over the years until their death on 6/7th June 1944 when their plane was shot down. Bruce was never found. I have a photograph of three airmen, Bruce is in the middle, and I wonder of one of the others is Robert Alexander O'Kane.


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Casualty

Service Number: 
411577
Name:
Robert Alexander O'Kane
Rank: 
Warrant Officer
Additional Rank:
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Date of Birth:
Not known
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Armed Force: 
Air Force
Unit:
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 53 (RAF) Squadron

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Not known
Date of Death:
07 June 1944
Day of Death:
Wednesday
Age at Death: 
23
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Royal New Zealand Air Force

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Location: 
France
Robert Alexander O'Kane
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