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John Warwick Mayhead

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Warwick AWMM
  • Surname
    Mayhead AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ133686 AWMM
    • RNZN 842124 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany AWMM
      Bodo, Norway AWMM
      26 April 1944 AWMM
    • Norway, Europe AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    5344 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sub-Lieutenant John Warwick Mayhead, a medical student from Waiuku, Auckland, was a Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteers Reserves pilot with 1836 Naval Air Squadron during World War Two. In April 1944, he was flying a Corsair from HMS VICTORIOUS striking shipping off Norway as part of Operation Ridge Able when he was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a flakship. Crashing into the sea he was later rescued by German forces, taken prisoner and sent to Stalag Luft III prison camp at Sagan in Germany. In early 1945, Mayhead, was one of 11,000 prisoners from this camp which were marched west and away from the advancing Soviet Army. Battling horrific winter weather and with limited food and water this ‘Long March’, as it became known, cost the lives of thousands of British Commonwealth servicemen. Mayhead survived, he on repatriation to New Zealand, returned to college as an agriculture student to begin a career as a dairy farmer. He died in 2011 aged 91.

    Husband of Barbara. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    22 October 2011 AWMM
    Age 91 AWMM
    HillsboroughHillsborough AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waiuku Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Waiuku, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 and 25 October 2011 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Allison, D. (2009). Flying Navy: The story of New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm in World War I and World War II and the Roll of Honour of those who died in action and on active service. Auckland, N.Z.: Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Allison, D. (2009). Flying Navy: The story of New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm in World War I and World War II and the Roll of Honour of those who died in action and on active service. Auckland, N.Z.: Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. AWMM
      Allison, D. (2009) p.44-45 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). Vol. 3, p.600, ref.90 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 and 25 October 2011 AWMM