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    F/O Bruce Innes CLIFFORD-JONES 9 Squadron

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    Hi guys

    F/O Bruce Clifford-Jones was a pilot with 9 Squadron and was killed in a flying accident on 8/9/39, one of the early casualties. He was second pilot aboard Wellington L4320 - details unknown.

    He was actually a Maori. How did this fit in with the RAF's colour bar? He had obviously joined the RAF before the colour bar was lifted.

    Interesting!

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    Brian
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    Wellington L4320 crashed on 8/9/40 when it hit trees low flying near the Berners Heath Range , 4 miles SW of Thtford, Norfolk.. All 5 on board were killed.

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    Clifford-Jones first served with the RNZAF as a short service commission officer, then transferred to the RAF after completing his pilot training. In completing his application form to join the RNZAF he answered 'yes' to the question 'Are you of pure European descent'.

    His parents were Harry and Ellen Hanley Clifford-Jones (nee Stephenson), neither name immediately suggestive of a Māori connection.

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    Hi Brian,

    he is on a family tree on ancestry that I've just taken a look at. Both his parents are NZ born. The first indication of Maori in the family tree is his maternal grandfather's mother (so his great grandmother) - she was Hira Moewaka from the Bay of Islands. The grandfather was born in Ipswich incidentally and emigrated to NZ in 1832.

    You might also be interested in this transcript of a Taranaki newspaper, which is attached to the family tree.

    Cheers,

    Tom

    Pilot Officer Bruce Innes Clifford Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Clifford Jones, New Plymouth , killed in an aircraft accident at Burner's Heath. Though he attended schools at Hastings, Levin and Palmerston North, Pilot Officer Clifford Jones received his main secondary education at the Strat ford Techn ical High School where he distinguished himself on the athletic field. He captained the school first football fifteen, was a member of the first eleven at cricket and won the senior athletic and tennis championships. When carrying off the athletic title in 1934 he created school records for the 100 yards, 220 yards, high jump and broad jump. While serving in the school cadets he was adjudged the best cadet n.c.o. in the Central Military Command and a framed photograph of him in uniform is now hanging in the school. After leaving school he played a prominent part in Rugby football and tennis in Taranaki. He played first for the Strat ford and then the New Plymouth Old Boys Senior Rugby teams. When undergoing his training at Wigram he played for the Air Force Team which took a leading part in the Christchurch Senior competition. At tennis he won the Eltham championship when his father was postmaster at the town and as fourth ranking player in the province represented Taranaki. Quite recently he was a semi finalist in the Royal Air Force championships at Wimbl edon where he defeated the title holder in the fifth round. Previous to that fixture he won a combined doubles tournament when partnered by Miss Dorothy Round.

    Pilot Officer Clifford Jones was engaged to Miss Dorothy Dickey, Chris tchurch , well known as a Cante rbury hockey and tennis representative. He underwent a years training at Wigram before leaving for Engla nd by the Tainui last February.
    He was 22 years of age

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    Thorne83,

    Thanks for this. Checking the family tree further I note that Hira appears to have had a European father (Macauliffe) and Māori mother (Ehaku), making her a half-caste. Bruce Innes Clifford Jones, therefore, had by my calculation 1/16th (or possibly less, given that Ehaku's ancestry appears to be unknown) of Māori blood running through his veins. Little wonder, then, that he considered himself of 'pure European descent' when applying for his short service commission.

    Errol

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    Many thanks for the elaboration.

    Incidentally, I have just been advised that

    F/Lt E Te K Bennett M.I.D.
    S/Ldr M.R.D. Hume D.F.C.
    F/Lt A.B. Stead D.F.C.
    F/Lt L.S.M. (Chalky) White D.F.C.

    of 485 Squadron were Maori or part-Maori.
    I would appreciate comment, please

    Cheers
    Brian

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