Mervyn Jack Mills 19 February 1923 - 19 November 1942 Key details Contribute › Service numberNZ414321 AWMM Also known asBoy AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeFlying Officer (Pilot Officer) AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 132 Squadron, RAF AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, Flying Officer Mervyn Jack Mills RNZAF 414321 - Th … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesMervyn Jack AWMM SurnameMills AWMM Ingoa Also known asBoy AWMM Service numberNZ414321 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of EnglandChristian AWMM Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth19 February 1923 AWMM Place of birthAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMWarehouseman AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre 27 July 1941 AWMM22 Scarborough TerraceParnellAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs G.E. Mills (mother)22 Scarborough TerraceParnellAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 17 November 1941 AWMMSingle AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ414321 AWMM Military unitsRoyal New Zealand Air Force, attached Royal Air Force AWMM Military serviceRoyal New Zealand Air Force, attached Royal Air Force AWMM Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-1945 Star AWMMAir Crew Europe Star AWMMDefence Medal AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingBritish Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada AWMM EnlistmentWW2 AWMM27 July 1941 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM18 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM17 November 1941 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM17 November 1941 AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHeightUnknown Period AWMM5 feet 6.5 inches AWMMWeightUnknown Period AWMM130 pounds AWMMEye colourUnknown Period AWMMBrown AWMMHair colourUnknown Period AWMMDark AWMMOtherUnknown Period AWMMaverage physique, average mentality, leg length 40 inches AWMMChestUnknown Period AWMM31.5 inches AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankFlying Officer (Pilot Officer) AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 132 Squadron, RAF AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Son of George William Alfred Worthy Mills and Gwendoline Eleanor Mills of Parnell, Auckland.Mervyn Jack Mills was born at Auckland on 19 February 1923. He had two sisters. He received his primary education at Te Kuiti Primary School (1928 - 1931 approximately) and Parnell Primary School (1932-1934) and his secondary education (studying electrical engineering) at the Seddon Memorial Technical College (1935-1936). His hobbies were shooting and swimming.At the time he enlisted for war service with the RNZAF in June 1940, he was employed as a Warehouseman by J Wiseman and Sons Ltd, Auckland. Elsewhere in his service record his trade is described as a saddlery salesman.Mills was enlisted for aircrew training on 27 July 1941 at the Ground Training School, Levin, and was posted on 8 September to No 4 Elementary Flying Training School, Whenuapai, to commence his flying training. On 17 November 1941 he embarked for Canada to continue his training under the Empire Air Training Scheme.He was posted to No 6 Service Flying Training School in Dunnville, Ontario, shortly after his arrival in Canada. It was while he was stationed there on 27 March 1942 that he was awarded his flying badge and promoted to Sergeant. This was superseded by his being commissioned as a pilot officer with effect from the same date. On 1 October 1942, while in Wales, he was promoted to flying officer. Meanwhile, on 5 April 1942, he proceeded to No 1 "Y" Depot, Halifax, Nova Scotia to await embarkation for the United Kingdom.Having arrived in England in mid May 1942, Mills was held at No 3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, until posted on 3 July 1942 to No 5 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit, Ternhill, Shropshire. From here he was posted on 22 July 1942 to No 53 Operational Training Unit, first at Landlow, and later to Rhoose, both in Glamorganshire, Wales. With his unit he completed his training on Spitfire fighter aircraft prior to being posted on 14 October 1942 to No 132 Squadron, Martlesham, Suffolk, to commence operational flying.As the pilot of a Spitfire fighter he engaged in sixteen operational flights, mostly convoy patrols but including one low level attack against an enemy objective and one enemy aircraft interception flight.Mills was the pilot of a Spitfire fighter which failed to return to its base and he was classified as missing. His death was officially presumed to have occurred on 19 November 1942 as a result of air operations. At the time of his death he had completed 273 flying hours as a pilot. AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death19 AWMM Date of death19 November 1942 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathEurope AWMM Death notesEurope AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameRunnymede MemorialSurreyUnited Kingdom AWMM Memorial referencePanel 114 AWMM Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Mervyn Jack Mills by laying a poppy. Mary Mills Mervyn Francis Mills Mervyn Jack Mills Nigel Richard James Mills Noel Bertram Mills Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Mervyn Jack Mills Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedDunnville Airport Museum, Otanrio, Canadahttp://www.dunnvilleairport.com/museum.phpFurther Reference DocumentsMartyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? 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