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Thread: 1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation

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    Aircraftman 1st Class Maurice Ingram LOW (40270)

    MOTOR-CYCLIST KILLED

    MEMBER OF AIR FORCE

    HEAD-ON COLLISION AT UPPER RICCARTON

    A member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Wigraih, Maurice Ingram Low, was killed instantly shortly after midnight, when the motorcycle he was riding came into a headon collision with a car at the corner of the Main South road and Watts road, Upper Rlccarton. Low, about whom no further details were available early this morning, was riding, back to Wigram on Jus motor-cycle when the accident T)ccurred. The driver of the car was Eric Hemmingway, of 81 Awa road, Wellington. He suffered only slight head and leg injuries, and was treated as an outpatient at the Christchurch Public Hospital.

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    Flying Officer Harry Nalder MAJOR (2522) 1940-09-03 New Zealand Auckland (Waikumete) Crematori
    Corporal Raymond Bernard SMITH (38217) 1940-09-30 New Zealand Auckland (Waikumete) Cemetery
    Flight Sergeant Sheldon Benton SMITH (34167) 1940-09-30 New Zealand Auckland (Waikumete) Cemetery

    Type: Airspeed Oxford Mark 1
    Owner/operator: 3 SFTS, RNZAF
    Registration: NZ1251
    C/n / msn: 562.

    30 September 1940 - An Air Force Airspeed Oxford monoplane disappeared while on a flight from Hobsonville to Ohakea. The search was continued both on land and in the air in the Mount Messenger district. The machine was last seen about 1 p.m. on Monday on the northern Taranaki coast. The pilot was
    Flying-Officer Harry Nalder MAJOR, 29, who was accompanied by
    Flight-Sergeant Sheldon Benton SMITH, 25 and
    Corporal Raymond Bernard SMITH, 22
    A Mrs Quinn, who lived near the Okau Tunnel at the mouth of the Mangaonga Valley stated that she saw an aeroplane at about 2 p.m. on Monday circling over her home. It later made off in the direction of Mount Messenger. Mr H Rowe, a farmer who lives at the head of the valley, heard a crash about the same time, and the search then concentrated in the heavily wooded country between the Okau Tunnel and the mountain. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVII, Issue 23779, 5 October 1940, Page 10 and New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23905, 4 March 1941, Page 6 and Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 55, 6 March 1941, Page 8. See also NEW ZEALAND ROLL OF HONOUR. IN MEMORIAM. Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 74, 24 September 1943, Page 1

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    Aircraftman 1st Class Kent JOHNSTON (639163)

    JOHNSTON.—At Auckland, on November 13, 1040, Aircraftman Kent Johnston, dearly beloved son of Herbert Claude and Winifred Johnston, National Hotel, Wellington; in his 22nd year.

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    Pilot Officer Thomas Everton KIRK (40649)

    Date: 14-NOV-1940
    Time: night
    Type: Airspeed Oxford Mk I
    Owner/operator: 3 SFTS, RNZAF
    Registration: NZ1277
    C/n / msn: 588
    14 November 1940 - An Oxford aircraft and its pilot from the Royal New Zealand Air Force station, Ohakea, were reported missing during a crosscountry training flight on a course from Levin to Palmerston North and Ohakea. The sole occupant of the aircraft was
    Pilot Officer Thomas Everton KIRK, 26, son of Mrs M M Kirk, 13 Inkerman Street, Onehunga, Auckland. The aircraft was reported to have been heard in the ranges near Tokomaru at approximately 10.45 o'clock that night. Settlers in the vicinity heard the sound of the engines and later the noise of a crash. Reports indicate that there was mist or cloud on the ranges. An aerial search was commenced at dawn this morning and was being continued by aircraft from the R.N.Z.A.F. station, Ohakea. Auckland Star, Volume LXXI, Issue 272, 15 November 1940, Page 8

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    Leading Aircraftman Maurice Sydney BEST (403542)

    STRUCK BY PLANE

    PILOT KILLED NEW PLYMOUTH ACCIDENT * " ' An airman pilot under training, Leading Aircraftman Maurice Sydney Best, of Bombay, Auckland, was killed a few minutes after 11 o'clock thi3 morning, when he was' struck by an aircraft approaching the aerodrome at the R.N.Z.A.F. Station, New Plymouth. Best and another airman pilot were walking along the boundary of the aerodrome when the aircraft came in at a low altitude. Best was apparently struck by a wheel of the plane and was killed instantly. The machine -was slightly damaged, but no one else was injured. A Court of Inquiry will be held. His next-of-kin is Mrs. A. Best, Bombay, Auckland.

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    Leading Aircraftman Leslie WRIGHT (401799) 1940-12-11 New Zealand Hamilton East Public Cemetery
    Leading Aircraftman Basil Rawdon Hastings SHARP (401785) 1940-12-11 New Zealand Gisborne (Taruheru) Cemetery

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    1 December 1940 - Two airmen pilots under training were killed instantly near Leithfield Beach, Canterbury (about 30 miles north of Christchurch) when a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft crashed and caught fire at 10am. The occupants were:
    Leading Aircraftman Basil Rawdon Hastings SHARP, 22, next of kin (father), Mr F G Sharp, 87 Lytton Road, Gisborne.
    Leading Aircraftman Leslie WRIGHT, 22, next-of-kin (mother), Mrs L Wright, 44 Weka Street, Frankton Junction.
    The aircraft, which was piloted by Leading Aircraftman Sharp, with Leading Aircraftman Wright as passenger, was engaged in an instrument-flying triangular cross-country flight from Wigram. It crashed at the junction of the Leithfield Beach Road and the Main North Road. Evening Post, Volume CXXX, Issue 141, 11 December 1940, Page 11

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    Flying Officer John Rowley Miller STEWART (40573)

    TANGIMOANA TRAGEDY.

    (0.C.) PALMERSTON N., this day,

    A Royal Air Force instructor attached to the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Ohakea was drowned when he was caught in the undertow while swimming at Tangimoana Beacli, near Palmerston North, on Saturday afternoon. The victim was:— Flying-Officer John Rowley Miller Stewart, aged 24, son of Mr: J. R. M. Stewart, of Eltham. Flying-Officer Stewart was swimming about 150 yards from the shore with two other officers from Ohakea. Seeing their companion in difficulties they went to his assistance, but the force of the undertow and the struggles of the victim prevented them from rescuing him. It was only with difficulty that they themselves reached the shore.

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    Sergeant Rex BROOKE-TAYLOR (439002) 1940-12-30 New Zealand Wellington (Karori) Cemetery
    Leading Aircraftman Thomas Arthur Hughes ALEXANDER (402154)

    Oxford R6226

    31 December 1940 - Two airmen were killed and six adults and four children in a house had a miraculous escape from death when an Airspeed Oxford aeroplane on a cross-country training flight ploughed through the upper storey of Mr Cecil Mark Aidan KEBBELL's homestead at Ashurst, about 10 miles from Palmerston North. Those killed were:
    Sergeant Rex BROOKE-TAYLOR, aged 25, instructor at Ohakea, whose wife lives in Madras Street, Christchurch.
    Leading Aircraftman Thomas Arthur Hughes ALEXANDER, aged 26, trainee at Ohakea, son of Mr W A Alexander, of Kohukohu, North Auckland. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVII, Issue 23852, 31 December 1940, Page 6

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    Pilot Officer James Norman ALEXANDER () Pilot 1940-01-15 Australia Randwick General Cemetery, Syd
    Sergeant William Kenneth PLATT (1791) 1940-01-15 Australia New South Wales Cremation Memo

    CAC Wirraway A20-20 CA-1

    PO James Norman Alexander of Randwick NSW (later 1 Aircraft Depot [1AD], killed in an accident at Laverton, Melbourne Vic on 15 January 1940);


    FUNERAL OF
    AIRMEN

    Crash Victims
    Full Air Force honours were
    accorded yesterday to Pilot-Officer
    James Norman Alexander and Ser-
    geant William Kenneth Platt, of
    the Royal Australian Air Force
    who were killed in a plane crash
    at Laverton on Monday

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    Sergeant Albert Edward WRIGHT (1524)

    On February 18, at Caulfield Military Hospital Sergeant Albert Edward Wright,RAAF
    Aged 35

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