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Mortimer Tuke Vanderpump

Portrait of Flying Officer Mortimer Tuke Vanderpump, Auckland Weekly News, 1 March 1944. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19440301-21-4. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Flying Officer Mortimer Tuke Vanderpump, Auckland Weekly News, 1 March 1944. Sir George …


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  • Forenames
    Mortimer Tuke AWMM
  • Surname
    Vanderpump AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    • WWII NZ40994 AWMM
    • 130335 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 May 1920 AWMM AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      15 February 1944 AWMM
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) (USA) AWMM
      17 September 1943 AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • On September 3, 1943, while returning from a raid on an enemy airdrome, one of the heavy bombers experienced engine trouble and was lagging about a mile and a half behind the formation. In response to a call for assistance from the disabled bomber Flying Officer Vanderpump and his wingman, fell back and were so successful in their protective manoeuvres that approximately ten attacking Japanese fighters were driven off and the heavy bomber returned to its base without further incident. Flying Officer Vanderpump's outstanding flying ability and determination to attack the enemy contributed greatly to the safe return of a friendly bomber and render his actions in keeping with the highest traditions of the Allied Air Forces.
      Official History records that Fl/Lt. Vanderpump and Fl/Sgt. John Emmett Miller was the first member of the RNZAF in the South Pacific to be awarded a 'Spot' (i.e. immediate) award of the DFC (US). Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 4 February 2022 -

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    Pilot Hanson
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 April 1940 Hanson
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    1955 AWMMKilled in Air Accident, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Member of the 'Goldfish Club'. 'Official History records that Flt Lt Vanderpump amd F/S J E Miller (qv) were the first members of the RNZAF in the South Pacific to be awarded a 'Spot' (i.e. immediate) award of the DFC)US).' Source: Hanson, By Such Deeds, p.490.

    Commanding Officer of 19 Squadron, May to July 1944. Commanding Officer of 24 Squadron September 1944 to January 1945. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 April 1955 Hanson
    PutorinoHawkes Bay Hanson
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  • External links
    Archive report on his loss: Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 4 February 2022 -
  • 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.490 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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