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Aitken Maxwell Davis

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Aitken Maxwell Davis DFC

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Aitken Maxwell AWMM
  • Surname
    Davis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Max AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ414719 AWMM
    • WWII 132783 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 January 1922 Rudge AshburtonCanterbury Rudge
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      22 February 1944 AWMM
      "For conspicuous service in operations against the Japanese. Flying Officer Davis carried out two tours of duty as a fighter pilot in the Solomons area. He has completed 173 hours of operational flying and has destroyed two dive-bombers and one Zero. At all times he has displayed great courage and resourcefulness, and despite danger has pressed home attacks against the enemy regardless of personal risk to himself. During combat with numerous enemy aircraft on his first tour, he was serverely wounded in the left shoulder and leg. His aircraft was badly damaged but he flew it back to base with his one good arm and made a successful belly landing. Despite this experience he returned for a second tour of duty, full of determination, and destroyed three enemy aircraft." AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 August 1941 Rudge Royal New Zealand Air Force Rudge
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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    Severely wounded in the left shoulder and leg while on his first tour. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    19 June 1986 Rudge
    Age 64 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury Rudge
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  • External links
  • References
    Rudge, C. (2003). Air-to-air : the story behind the air-to-air combat claims of the RNZAF. Lyttelton, N.Z.: Adventure Air. AWMM


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