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    Hello,

    Wondering if this man might have been a member of the RAF in 1944. He left New Zealand on the 'Port Darwin' for the UK in February 1944 and on the passenger list is described as an 'aircraftsman' (sic). He's not RNZAF, as far as I can tell, and appears to have been born in Surrey, England on 22 Oct 16, though he might have been out here as an RAF airman on loan to the RNZAF. He died in New Zealand in 1991.

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    Errol

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    Errol,

    Francis William Cannings

    (Marriages Q4 1920 Tom Cannings to Margaret E Looker, Reg Kingston 2a 1021)

    b. 22 Oct 1916, (MMS Looker) Reg Kingston 2a 713 (He had sister Helen B b. Q3 1911).
    m. Q1 1947 Dorothy R Sarsons (Reg Surrey NE 5g 805).
    13 Feb 1959 dep London for Aukland – profession Cabinet Maker (+ wife (Dorothy) & 3 children).
    d. 1991 New Zealand(?).

    Can’t find him in AIR 78 – but that could be me, and the slips are not in alphabetic order!

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    Many thanks Peter,

    Increasingly looks as though he may not have been a military airman? I am reminded now that there was also a branch of the de Havilland company here in New Zealand that assembled and constructed Tiger Moth aircraft during the war, so perhaps he was brought out here in the first instance as part of that programme and where woodworking skills would have been most useful.

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    Errol,
    I've sent you an email
    Peter Davies
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