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David Stanley Cohu

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Cohu David Stanley

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Cohu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ431062 AWMM
    • 72013 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 June 1924 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
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  • Place of birth
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  • Post war occupation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ431062 AWMM
    • 72013 AWMM
  • Military service
    17 Sqn RNZAF Pilot, Corsair aircraft. Three tours. Public - Stoney - Researcher - 28 July 2018 - Hanson C M, By Such Deeds p130
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 22 January 1943 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Dave Cohu became a fighter pilot during WWII, training on Tiger Moths, Harvards, P-40’s and eventually posted to No. 17 Squadron on Corsairs in 1944. He served in the Pacific, based at Torokina in Bougainville on his first tour, and then Green Island on his second tour, and his last wartime tour was at Los Negros.
    After the war he took a break from the Air Force and grew strawberries, but he returned in 1947, and he was posted to Japan to fly Corsairs on No. 14 (Occupational) Squadron’s last tour there.
    On returning to New Zealand he flew Airspeed Oxfords with No 14 Squadron, and one job he got was aerial photography work all round the country, with navigator Colin Hanson.
    He was then posted to No. 75 Squadron, where he flew de Havilland Mosquitoes, including to Fiji.
    With his time up in the RNZAF, Dave then took a job as a topdressing pilot. He would go onto to become one of New Zealand’s most notable topdressing pilots with a career that spanned four decades. He flew Tiger Moths, Cessna 180’s, Fletchers, Beavers, Airtruks, Agwagons and Snows over his career, and had a few accidents and incidents along the way.
    Dave passed away on the 17th of July 2018. Public - John - Researcher - 18 July 2022 - Wings Over NZ Forum
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    17 July 2018 Public - Stoney - Researcher - 28 July 2018 - New Zealand Herald 24 July 2018
  • Age at death
    94 Public - Stoney - Researcher - 28 July 2018 - New Zealand Herald 24 July 2018
  • Place of death
    Tauranga Public - John - Researcher - 18 July 2022 - Dave Homewood WONZ Forum
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Cremated Public - John - Researcher - 18 July 2022 - Dave Homewood WONZ Forum
  • Grave reference
    Ashes placement unknown Public - John - Researcher - 18 July 2022 - Dave Homewood WONZ Forum
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  • External links
  • References
    Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    p.130 AWMM


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18 July 2022JohnPerth WAResearcher
28 July 2018StoneyTuakau NZResearcher

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