William Paul Nevill AWMM
Also known as
- WWII NZ415292 AWMM
- WWII 415292 AWMM
Images and documents
Service Information - Flight Lieutenant William Clarke
(PDF, 2.23 MB)
List of aircraft flown as RAF ferry and transport pilot/co-pilot, list of aircraft flown with the RNZAF, list of aerodromes used by RAF ferry command during WW2 and images of aircraft flown.
Public - William - Self - 1 November 2017 - Self
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW2 Closeburn Station, Gimmerburn, via Ranfurly, Otago Central AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW2 Paul Reginald Clarke (father) AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Online Cenotaph record created with Service Person, September 2017.
Served with the Otago Mounted Rifles prior to the Second World War. Embarked on the ship 'President Grant', which had escaped from the Philippines and picked up 13 New Zealanders in Wellington on its return to San Pedro, California.
'My story typifies those of many young men who joined the air services of all countries during WWII: 1941 farmer joining RNZAF not having been near an a/c. 18/6/1942 recieved wings at 3 Service Flying Training School (3 SFTS) Calgary, Canada, above average category at EFTS, Harewood, NZ & Calgary. Looking back, a lot by rote, but we got by.
With RAF Ferry Command delivered:
From Dorval, Montreal: 3 Hudsons, 3 Liberators
From Nassau, Bahamas: 7 Baltimores, 3 Marauders, 2 Dakotas & 1 PV1
From November 1944 to December 1945 flew 13 transport trips.
From San Diego, California to Whenuapai, Auckland and on to Sydney, Australia.
From January 1946 - seconded to BOAC and trained on Yorks.
First medical about October 1946, psychoanalysed reliving conditions in the UK (not good) so returned to Air Force and to NZ via Sydney to collect wife and new son. From there to TEAL (7/5/1947 until 5/11/1976), along way from farming! AWMM
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Place of death
Cause of death
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- Cenotaph data entry form 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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