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1939-1945

 

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Badcock,
John
J. Badcock

Son of John and Claudia Colston Badcock, of Mataura, Southland, New Zealand.
1920 ?
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04.06.1943
[age 23]
[Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia, 7.A.11]
P/O
? [NZ/411004]
?
-
04.06.1943
152 Squadron RAF (had 437 flying hours)
[accidental death on active service; killed in a motor vehicle accident when the light truck he was travelling in hit a car that had pulled out of the convoy and then collided with an 8th Army vehicle; Badcock and two other pilots of 152 Squadron were killed]
Baker,
Colin Roy
C.R. Baker C.R. Baker

Son of Stanley Roy and Kathlyn Ada Baker, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.
From Auckland.

1923 ?
-
16.04.1945
(KIA) [age 22]
[Oxford (Botley) Cemtery, plot H/1, grave 199]
P/O
? [NZ 42999]
F/O
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
06.06.1944

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(03.1944)


pilot, 75 (RNZAF) Squadron RAF
[at 13.03.1944 at 23.00 hrs taken off from Mepal in his Stirling III (EF236  AA-J) for a sea/coastal minlelaying operation off Brest; outbound, an aileron control rod broke and the crew made an emergency landing at Castle Combe airfield, Wiltshire, touching down on the short runway; unable to stop in the distance available, the Stirling ended up in the overshoot area with its undercarriage broken; later, three of the five mines exploded]
?
-
16.04.1945
pilot instructor, 11 Operational Training Unit RAF
[taken of at 00.30 hrs from Oakley for a training in his Wellington X (LP 651) which collided with another in the funnels area at 00.38 hrs, coming down about 2 miles NNE of the airfield and in the general direction of Borstall; twelve airmen died in the incident, representing the OTU's heaviest loss of life in a single accident]
Baker,
Reginald William
"Reg"
R.W. Baker 

Son of John Gerald Charles Baker, and Mina Margaret Dobbie, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Engaged (05.1944) Janet Burley, serving in the FANY (First Air Nursing Yeomanry), of Sydney, NSW, Australia, younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Fred R. Burley, of Denham Mount, Buckinghamshire.
02.03.1915
Dunedin, New Zealand
-
22.02.1945
(KIA) [age 29]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, 13.F.8]
P/O 08.02.1941 [NZ 401748]
(A) W/Cdr. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 29.09.1942

*

Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?

* This officer is an excellent flight commander whose fine fighting qualities have fostered a high standard of morale amongst his fellow pilots. He has completed numerous sorties over enemy occupied territory.

Signature from the Denham Mount guestbook (Photo courtesy of Mrs Sue Rogge)

Education: Otago BHS, Dunedin; John McGlashan Coll (1st XV/XI at JMC), Dunedin; Otago University (Shooting & Rowing Teams).
Occupation: analytical chemist - W Gregg & Co, Dunedin.
      served New Zealand Army - Territorial Force for one year
03.1939     RNZAF Civil Reserve Pilot/Otago AC
02.07.1940     mobilized RNZAF Levin/GTS as AP under training
29.07.1940     No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School [crashed on approach during dual instruction (uninj) 15 .10.1940]
26.10.1940     No. 1 Flying Training School (pilot badge with effect of 16.01.1941)
08.02.1941     commissioned, RNZAF
27.02.1941     embarked "Awatea" for the UK & attached to RAF (via Canada 16 Mar-25 Apr 41 & attached while there to 2ANS 10-? Apr)
10.05.1941     No. 1 Depot
26.05.1941     53 Operational Training Unit (flying Spitfire)
01.07.1941     61 Operational Training Unit (flying Spitfire)
07.07.1941     485 Squadron RNZAF (flying Spitfire - 186 operations) (RAF Hospital Halton 13-30.09.1941, Squadron Commanding Officer from 20.03.1943)
30.06.1943     No. 11 Group RAF (3 operations - for tactics duties) (attached RAF War Staff College for course 06.12.1943-05.03.1944)
11.11.1944     2 Geographically Separated Unit (flying Mosquito)
14.01.1945 - 22.02.1945 Commanding Officer, 487 Squadron RNZAF (flying Mosquito - 6 operations)
[Piloted Mosquito PZ395 [EG-E] that had taken off at 11:00 hrs from Rosières-en-Senterre (France) for Operation Clarion. The aim of the operation, in which 215 planes were involved, was to range over large areas of Germany attacking transport & communications. The aircraft carried out an armed reconnaissance over the Hamburg-Bremen -coast area and was one of two Mosquitoes shot down NW of Hamburg, crashing near Bevern, 7 kms East of Elmshorn at 13:15 hrs. Baker had flown 1004 hrs and 194 missions.]
Breed,
Mervyn Ryburn
M.R. Breed

?
-
(WS) F/Lt.
18.10.1947, seniority 07.04.1945 [59651]
F/Lt.
18.10.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
F/Lt. RNZAF
? [NZ/133718]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
?

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Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air Cmdn
10.06.1961
HM's birthday 61
(1942)
 
 
70 Squadron RAF
?
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10.02.1944
105 Squadron RAF
[his Mosquito Mk. IV [DZ558 HS-T] took off from Marham at 0151 hrs 10.02.1944 and crashed at Laar (Limburg) 3 km N of Weert, Holland; initially evaded capture]
28.02.1944
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1945
POW in German captivity (Stalag L1)
18.10.1947
-
26.05.1952
extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
26.05.1952
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?
RNZAF Reserve
       

 
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Caldwell,
Walter Alexander
W.A. Caldwell

Son of Walter Alexander Caldwell and Lorna Irene Caldwell, of St. Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand.
1923 ?
-
25.05.1942
(KIA) [age 19]
[Malta Memorial, panel 5. column 1]
P/O ? [NZ/405229]
? - 25.05.1942 601 Squadron RAuxAF
[lost in Spitfire BR354, having 295 flying hours]
Chambers,
Leonard
"Len"
L. Chambers L. Chambers

18.02.1919
Karramea, NZ
-
1982
(or 1985?)
P/O
? [NZ/403748]
F/O
? (reld 10.02.1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
28.05.1943

attack of Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany 16.05.43


09.1940


joined RNZAF



75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF (flew 31 operations)



No. 26 Operational Training Unit
07.04.1943


Wireless Operator, 617 ('Dambusters') Squadron RAF
03.11.1944


returned to New Zealand
Carpenter.
       

 
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Herrick,
Dennis Trevelyan [Dalrymple]
D.T. Herrick
One of six sons & two daughters * of Edward Jasper Herrick, and Ethne Rose Herrick.
Brother of:
F/O B.H. Herrick, RAF

Sq.Ldr. M.J. Herrick, RAF
Cdr. L.E. Herrick, RN
Capt. T.D. Herrick, RN
Husband of Mary Rowena Herrick (née Birch), of Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand; one son.

* one of which married Gen. Sir Nigel Poett
1912
Hastings, New Zealand
-
30.06.1941
[age 29]
[Lorient (Kerentrech) Communal Cemetery, 62.A.7]

P/O
? [40974]
George Medal GM
?
*

* When training at Taieri (near Dunedin) when he and another airman extricated a pilot from an aircraft on fire although there was a live bomb in the burning wreckage.

Education: Wanganui Collegiate School
?
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26.06.1941
pilot, 53 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command)
[taken off from St Eval at 11.10 hrs, he was brought down into the sea flying a Blenheim IV [V6087 PZ-O] on an anti-shipping strike off Brest; wounded & taken prisoner, but died a few days later in the German Naval Hospital at Lorient]
       

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Jackson,
George Rowan
G.R. Jackson

Son of George Jackson and of Edith Myrtle Jackson (née Porter), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
28.01.1921
Auckland, NZ
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29.03.1943
(KIA) [age 22]
[Morpeth (Saints Mary and James) Churchyard, Northumberland, AE.31]
Acm.
25.05.1941
T/Sgt.
08.11.1941
P/O
07.10.1942 [413076]
25.05.1941
 
 
enlisted, RNZAF
26.12.1941
 
 
No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre RAF (Bournemouth, UK)
10.01.1942
 
 
No. 6 Flying Instructor School RAF (Staverton, UK)
23.03.1942
 
 
No. 3 (Pilots') Advanced Flying Unit RAF (South Cerney, UK)
07.10.1942
 
 
commissioned, RNZAF
09.06.1942
-
29.03.1943
staff pilot, No. 4 Air Gunners' School RAF (Morpeth, UK)
[Took off from Morpeth, Northumberland on board a Botha I (W5137) for gunnery detail. About 5 minutes after take off the plane collided with another of the 4 Air Gunners' School's Botha Is (W5154) in the circuit at 1200 feet 2 miles east of Morpeth at 1145 hours. At the time of his death, Jackson had completed 487 flying hours, 217 of these solo on board a Botha.]
       

 
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Miller,
Hayden Hugh James
see: RAF officers' section  
Munro,
John Leslie
"Les"
J.L. Munro J.L. Munro
J.L. Munro J.L. Munro
J.L. Munro J.L. Munro

05.04.1919
Giborne, NZ
-

Te Kuiti, NZ
P/O
? [NZ/413942]
F/O
?
F/Lt.
?
(A) Sq.Ldr.
14.02.1944 (reld 05.02.1946)
Companion, New Zealand Order of Merit CNZM
02.06.1997
for services to local government and the community
Distinguished Service Order DSO
28.04.1944
for 21 operations *
Member, Queen's Service Order (New Zealand) QSO
15.06.1991
for public services
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
11.06.1943

for 21 operations

* Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed very many sorties, involving attacks on well defended targets. He has displayed unfailing devotion to duty throughout and his example of gallantry and leadership has inspired all. On many occasions his aircraft has been damaged by enemy action but in every instance, Squadron Leader Munro has flown safely to base. His achievements have been worthy of the greatest praise.
05.07.1941


joined RNZAF
20.10.1941


went to UK
1942
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1943
pilot, 97 Squadron RAF
25.03.1943


pilot, 617 ('Dambusters') Squadron RAF
13.07.1944


No. 1690 Bomber Defence Training Flight
Farmer. Mayor of Te Kuiti for several years. Justice of the Peace (JP).
       

 
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Pattison,
John
"Jack"
J. Pattison

Son of Will and Margaret Pattison, of Chopwell, Co. Durham, England.
Husband of Rhoda Nellie Pattison, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
1909
-
03.08.1943
(KIA) [age 34]
[Hamburg Cemetery, Germany, 10A.K.8]

P/O
? [NZ/417290]
F/O
?
?
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03.08.1943
air bomber, 76 Squadron RAF
[killed in action when his Halifax EB249 [MP-E] took off at 23.30 hrs 02.08.1943 from Holme-on-Spalding Moor for an operation against Hamburg and crashed at 02.15 hrs 03.08.1943 into the woods at Hesedorf, 11 km SSE of Zeven]
 
Pattison,
John Gordon
J.G. Pattison J.G. Pattison
J.G. Pattison J.G. Pattison
J.G. Pattison J.G. Pattison

27.01.1917
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11.09.2009
Sq.Ldr. ? [NZ/39931]
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Runciman,
Walter Jack
"Wally"
W.J. Runciman W.J. Runciman

W.J. Runciman W.J. Runciman
W.J. Runciman
Son of William Jack Runciman (1873-1951), and Mary Ann May Johnson (1875-).
Married Edwina Marguerite Golden; three children.
22.10.1920
Auckland, NZ
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09.06.1956
Sydenham, Belfast, Northern Ireland
F/Sgt. ?
P/O 04.04.1944 [NZ/403991]
(WS) F/Lt. ?
(A) Sq.Ldr. (01.1944)
Sq.Ldr. (06.1946)
F/O RAF 13.08.1947, seniority 04.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. RAF 13.08.1947, seniority 04.04.1945
F/Lt.  RAF 14.08.1947, seniority 03.10.1946 [59519] (retd 17.05.1952; own request; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. RAF ?
Air Force Cross AFC 13.06.1946

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Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 26.06.1942 *
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
* Flt. Sgt. Runciman, as captain of a Stirling aircraft, has consistently pressed home his attacks and has displayed great still in flying his aircraft to base despite damage sustained. On the night of April 23rd, 1942, whilst over Denmark, he was attacked by two enemy fighters and his aircraft was so severely damaged that the crew prepared for a crash landing. In, spite of a long sea crossing, Flt. Sgt. Runciman decided to attempt to reach his base and did so successfully. By this time he had practically no aileron control ordering his crew to abandon the aircraft, he then landed it successfully. Flt. Sgt. Runciman has displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination.
Draughtsman with a firm of refrigerating engineers at Auckland.
27.10.1940     joined RNZAF (Levin)
23.11.1940     No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School (New Plymouth)
18.01.1941     No. 3 Flying Training School (Ohakea)
29.04.1941     embarked for passage to UK
20.05.1941     No. 1 Manning Depot RAF
29.06.1941     No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre RAF
03.07.1941     20 Operational Training Unit RAF (Lossiemouth)
08.09.1941     pilot, 7 Squadron RAF (Oakington) (DFM) (5 operations as 2nd pilot, 27 operations as 1st pilot on Stirlings) #
01.08.1942 - 19.03.1944 pilot instructor with a Conversion Unit RAF (flying Stirlings)
03.1944 - 03.1944 Mosquito training (Swanton Morley)
27.03.1944     pilot, 487 (RNZAF) Squadron (Hunsdon) (43 operations as 1st pilot on Mosquitoes) ##
13.08.1947 - 19.08.1949 extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
19.08.1948 - 17.05.1952 permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
After a course at the Empire Test Pilots' School he went to Boscombe Down as a test pilot. Senior test pilot, Short Brothers and Harland, Belfast, 1952-1956. Involved with the test flying of the Short SA4 Sperrin (first flight of the second prototype on 12.08.1952) and responsible for flight testing the Seamew (first flight 23.08.1953) and demonstrated it at the Farnborough Air Show in 1953 and 1954. Killed while giving a demonstration flight at an air display at Sydenham, Belfast. His aircraft, a Short Seamew, crashed from about 100 feet and exploded. He has about 3,000 flying hours on 60 types of aircraft.
# 2nd Pilot 5 operations: 1. Stettin 19/9  2. Köln 27/9  3. Stettin 29/9  4. Brest 1/10 Engagement with Ju 88 at base Landed at Bourne  5. Köln 10/10 Caught in searchlights over target
1st Pilot 27 operations: 1. Dutch Coast 5/11  2. Berlin 7/11 Rear turret U/S  3. Ostende 15/12  4. Ostende 16/12  5. Brest 18/12 Lead 1st formation of Stirlings  6. Brest 2/1/1942  7. Paris 3/3 19 bombs across target  8. Essen 8/3  9. Essen 9/3  10. Köln 13/3 Intense flak from coast to target  11. Essen 25/3  12. Lübeck 28/3 Dive bombed from 9000ft Bombs on target  13. Dortmund 14/4 Aircraft unmanoeuvrable over 1 rate turn  14. Dortmund 15/4 Flak put out mid upper and rear turrets  15. Hamburg 17/4  16. Kiel Bay 22/4  17. Rostock 23/4 Damaged by 2 Ju 88s over Denmark. Aileron control, stb outer and port gauges damaged, also flaps. Crew baled out over base landed at Newmarket.  18. Hamburg 3/5  19. Stuttgart 5/5  20. Sound (Denmark-Sweden) 4 mines dropped. 7/5 Admiralty confirmed ship sank 8/5 Only crew to lay mines in area.  21. Wornemünde 8/5 About 40 S/L at target obliterated ground. Hit by light flak. Shrapnel hit port engine, air intake, super-charger  22. Köln 30/5 Huge fires burning  23. Essen 1/6 Heavily engaged by flak 2 injured. Port 2&3 tanks holed. Top turret U/S  24. Emden 19/6  25. Emden 22/6 Turned back 20 mins from target, Navigator sick.  26. Bremen 25/6 10/10 cloud. Bombed on T.R. fix.  27. Hamburg 28/7 Pin-point by flak. Intercepted by 3 FW190 and searchlight cone. Jettisoned north of target. Hit by light flak over Kiel Canal.
## 1. Patrol Montdidier 11/4  2. Bombing Noball 106 (?) on 18/4 4x500lbs Underlined in red as with all operations, sorties and patrols.  3. Op Rly Abancourt 3/5/44 Angry angel 10  4. Op Rly Sergueux Angry angel 7 4x500lbs  5. St. Andre G-H Op 1/6 Set u/s in target area.  6. Road Patrol SE 5/6 Cherbourg Bombed Argentan 4x500lbs  7. Road Patrol SE 6/6 Bombed bridge and road junction N&ENE of St Lo 4x500lbs  8. Reserve Patrol 7/6  9. Rly patrol 8/6 Lessay St Lo area Bombed Rly St Lo 4x500lbs  10. Road Patrol 10/6 Domfont Laval, La Fleche wood, cannoned Le Mons. Bombed Rly Bridge S of Falaise 4x500lbs  11. Bombed Rly Station Chatellerault 11/6 4x500lbs  12. Road Patrol 17/6 Vire to Montain. Bombed bridge at Pont Le Rault 4x500lbs  13. Railway Patrol 20/6 Argentan to Versailles Bombed Rly NE Droux 4x500lbs  14. Railway Patrol 23/6 Mountford, L'aigle, Dreux, Eurewx 4x500lbs   15. G-Bombing 26/6 S of Caen 4x500lbs  16. Bombing 29/6 Villers Brocage area Panzer concentration 4x500lbs  17. Railway Patrol 3/7 Bombed at La Loupe and W of Dreux 4x500lbs  18. Railway Patrol 4/7 Bombed Rly bridge at Saumur D.H. 4x500lbs Cannoned siding 10m E of Saumur  19. Railway Patrol 5/7 Bombed at Hyenville 4x500lbs Patrol to Villedieu  20. Railway Patrol 7/7 Cannoned train at Laigne. Coaches and engine set alight. Cannoned another at Chateaux. Bombed Rly bridge at Saumur 4x500lbs  21. Road Patrol 8/7 SW-S-SE of Caen. Bombed Caen Falaise Rd 10m S of Caen. 4x500lbs Large fire started in road. Cannoned road N of fire.  22. Railway Patrol 9/7 E of Paris Bombed marshalling yards La Ferte. Two large explosions, ammunition exploding along the yard. 4x500lbs  23. Bombed Gestapo Barracks 14/7 Bonneuil Matours 10m S of Chatellerault 4x500lbs (150 killed)   24. Road Patrol 18/7 S of battle area. Bombed cross-roads between Vire and St Lo. 2x500lbs  25. Railway Patrol 19/7 Orleans, Tours, Brugges. Bombed fire in wood and Chateaudon Aerodrome 4x500lbs   26. Railway Patrol 24/7 Arras to Do? and Vitry to Paris. Bombed fire in near La Ferte 4x500lbs  27. Patrol behind battle front 26/7. Bombed cross-road and fire. ? bombs   28. Patrol behind battle front 27/7. Bombed Brecy on GBC .4x500lbs   29. Bombed Barracks 1/8 Poitiers 2x500 M.C. 2x500 Bombs on target. Low level all way. 30. Railway Patrol Tour to Nevers. Cannoned and bombed train at Selles. Results not observed. 4x500lbs + 13 other operations
       

 
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Shand,
Michael Moray
"Mick"
M.M. Shand
M.M. Shand
20.02.1915
Wellington, NZ
-
22.12.2007
Masterton, NZ
P/O
? [NZ/391368]
F/Lt.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
29.09.1942

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* A skilful pilot and a fearless leader this, officer has completed 60 sorties over Northern France. In low-level attacks against 'the enemy's transport he has achieved much success.



485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF
 
       

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Verity,
Victor Bosanquet [Strachan]
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Williams,
Stamford Seaton
"Bill"
S.S. Williams
Son of James Gordon Williams and Ethel Winifred Williams, of Orini, Waikato, New Zealand.
04.02.1920
Wanganui, New Zealand
-
22.12.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Losser Roman Catholic Churchyard, the Netherlands, south side of church]
P/O ? [NZ/412297]
F/Lt. ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.06.1945

? [posthumously]

Diesel engineer.
04.1941     joined RNZAF
? - 22.12.1944 pilot, 486 (RNZAF) Squadron RAF (credited with eight victories)
[shot down in his Tempest V [EJ715] by flak near Vreden, the Netherlands]
Williams,
Timothy John Wilder
T.J.W. Williams
21.08.1915
Napier, NZ
-
P/O
? [NZ/401797]
F/Lt.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
21.11.1941

*

Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
23.01.1942
**
* This officer has participated in 28 operational sorties since June, 1941. He is a fearless pilot who always displays the utmost determination to reach and bomb his objective. One night in September, 1941, whilst flying to Berlin, he failed to receive a general re-call signal. He was one of the few who succeeded in reaching Berlin where he penetrated into the centre of the city and released his bombs over the target area. Pilot Officer Williams flew safely back to this country.
** In November, 1941, this officer was the captain of an aircraft carrying out an important operational mission. During the flight, his aircraft was attacked by some 8 enemy fighters and sustained severe damage. The front turret was put out of action, the wireless transmitter was hit and other damage was inflicted. Despite this, by his skill and initiative, Pilot Officer Williams succeeded in damaging one of the enemy aircraft and completed his allotted task. This officer has shown exceptional coolness in the face of danger.
Education: College House, Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Sheep farmer.
02.07.1940
 
 
joined RNZAF
(1941)


75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF
(11.1941)


109 Squadron RAF
       

 
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