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Mervyn Jack Mills

  • Service number
    NZ414321 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Boy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
    Flying Officer (Pilot Officer)/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 132 Squadron, RAF AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Mills AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Boy AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ414321 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    19 February 1923 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Warehouseman/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 27 Jul 1941 22 Scarborough Terrace, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs G.E. Mills (mother), 22 Scarborough Terrace, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 Nov 1941 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ414321 AWMM
  • Military service
    • School Cadets, 1 year AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force, attached Royal Air Force AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Air Crew Europe Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 27 July 1941 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW2 18 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      130 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      average physique, average mentality, leg length 40 inches AWMM
    • Chest, Unknown Period AWMM
      31.5 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Flying Officer (Pilot Officer)/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 132 Squadron, RAF AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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About death

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  • Age at death
    19 AWMM
  • Date of death
    19 November 1942 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Europe AWMM
  • Death notes
    Europe AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    Panel 114 AWMM
  • Obituary

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  • Roll of Honour at Martlesham Heath. RAF
    Public - Brian Frank - Direct descendant - 1 August 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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