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    Default Sergeant Geoffrey David Loftus RNZAF - Killed 1943

    I have just discovered a distant relation of mine (my great-grandmother's nephew), Geoffrey Loftus, was an RNZAF pilot who flew Spitfires with No. 81 Squadron, and was killed on New Year's Day 1943, in North Africa.

    His details, from CWGC, are thus:

    Name: LOFTUS, GEOFFREY DAVID
    Initials: G D
    Nationality: New Zealand
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Unit Text: 81 Sqdn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 01/01/1943
    Service No: 412888
    Additional information: Son of Thomas Henry Loftus, and of Adela Constance Loftus, of Mairangi Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    Does anyone know more about him please? Did he serve with other squadrons in the RNZAF or RAF before joining No. 81 Squadron? All I know he is mentioned briefly twice in Alan Peart's new book which I read this week.

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    Default Auckland Museum

    have a quick scoot at this. Errol Martyn the resident RNZAF expert on here will be able to point out any errors in this. But it's for reference and the photo is a nice touch.

    Dennis
    http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/cenotaph/RecordDetail.aspx?SearchID=851215&Ordinal=1&Origin alID=28684
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 6th June 2008 at 11:38. Reason: Correct typo
    Dennis Burke
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    From my Vol Three, to be published mid-July:

    LOFTUS, Flight Sergeant Geoffrey David.
    NZ412888; b Hamilton 24 Jul 20; Correspondence Sch; farmer - W J Lawrence, Taniwha. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Gunner u/t 11 May 41, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 6 Jun 41, 4EFTS 28 Jul 41, 3FTS 6 Sep 41, Pilots Badge [wef 18.10.41] & Sgt 29 Nov 41, att RAF & emb for UK 13 Dec 41, 3PRC 9 Feb 42, 9(P)AFU 23 Feb 42, 59OTU (Hurricane) 21 Apr 42, 132 Sqn (Spitfire) 23 Jun 42, 64 Sqn (Spitfire) 26 Aug 42, Hornchurch 21 Oct 42, to North Africa & 81 Sqn (Spitfire) [or 81 Sqn, then with it to NA via Gibraltar c.30 Oct-7 Nov?], kao 1 Jan 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 2. Son of Thomas Henry & Adela Constance Loftus (née Marshall), Mairangi Bay. [phot. TWN 3.3.43].

    Errol

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    Thanks very much for that information, it's most appreciated.

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