Gisborne War Hero Honored in UK

September 18, 2018 – The New Zealand Defence Force has joined a United Kingdom family in commemorating a New Zealand Second World War fighter pilot whose wrecked aircraft lies scattered above a Norwegian fjord. Acting Lieutenant Commander Archibald Ronald Richardson, born in Gisborne, flew with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. In August 1944, as a fighter pilot with 1840 Squadron flying Grumman Hellcats, Acting Lieutenant Commander Richardson was posted to carrier HMS Indefatigable for operations against German battleship Tirpitz, which was stationed…

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