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James Henry Leslie Allen

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  • Service number
    39957 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
    Flying Officer/Military AWMM
    Royal Air Force, 151 Squadron AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Henry Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Allen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    39957 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    13 November 1914 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Inter War Merchant Seaman/Military AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr L. Holt (uncle), Liverpool, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    1940 Battle of Britain AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    39957 AWMM
  • Military service
    87 Squadron, RAF AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Disciplinary course at the RAF Depot, Uxbridge as an Acting Pilot Officer, 1937. AWMM
    • Posted to No 10 Flying Training School at Dumfries, Scotland and obtained his wings in December 1937. AWMM
    • Advanced training in the 'senior' term equipped him for Fighter Command and flying single-seater Hawker Fury, 1938. AWMM
    • Pilot of the Hawker Hurricane at time of death. AWMM
    • Cadet RNR, HMS Conway May 1931 to Aug 1933 Public - alfie - Researcher - 5 October 2015 - HMS Conway Cadet Registers, Merseyside maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1937 AWMM
    England AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    Inter War 22 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Pilot Officer AWMM
    Royal Air Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations believed drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Flying Officer/Military AWMM
    Royal Air Force, 151 Squadron AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Allen was the son of James Leslie Allen, a sheep farmer, and his wife, Katherine Paretio Allen. Katherine was born in Raukorkore, Bay of Plenty.

    Orphaned at an early age Allen's paternal aunt, Mrs Frances (Fanny) Edwards became his guardian in 1918. His mother died first and his father was a victim of the influenza epidemic.

    Educated at Huntly School, Marton and in October 1926 he moved to Napier Boys' High School as a boarder

    His career at sea began with his training on the HMS 'Conway'. In August 1933 he joined the Blue Funnel Line. He successfully took the examination for 2nd Mate's ticket in 1936 after which he left to join the Royal Air Force.

    Allen's training at Hatfield and Dumfries was followed by a posting to the School of Naval Co-operation where he was on flying duties until February 1939 when he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald.

    After the outbreak of war he was engaged on routine patrol duties. In May to June 1940 he was posted to France to 87 Squadron. On returning to North Weald he was engaged in patrols over the Thames Estuary and on convoy protection duties.

    Lost his life in the Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain began on 10 July 1940. Hitler had triumphed in Europe and Britain braced itself to withstand the German attack.During the summer and autumn of 1940 Fighter Command engaged in a series of bitter air battles in defence of the British Isles.Continuous reconnaissance patrols were flown over the North Sea and the Channel ports by the coastal aircraft and as the invasion flotillas were seen assembling in the harbours and canals they were heavily attacked by the bombers.Altogether in the fighter battles, the bombing raids and the various patrols flown between 10 July and 31 October 1940 by the Royal Air Force 1495 aircrew were killed.Among those killed were forty-seven New Zealanders, including 15 fighter pilots, 24 bomber and eight coastal aircrew.These details of the Battle of Britain are taken from H.L. Thompson, New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force, Vol. 1, pp 70-1. The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    25 AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 July 1940 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    North Sea AWMM
  • Death notes
    North Sea, approximately 20 miles east of Orford Ness AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    Panel 5 AWMM
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