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John Rae Hutcheson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Rae AWMM
  • Surname
    Hutcheson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ39967 AWMM
    • WWII 13039 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 March 1912 Hanson WellingtonNew Zealand Hanson
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      1 December 1942 AWMM
      Citation: "Flight Lieutenant Hutcheson went to England in 1940 and joined 258 Squadron. He saw much active service with his squadron, participating in many convoy patrols and numerous sweeps over France, where he succeeded in probably destroying one enemy aircraft. In August 1941 he was posted as flight commander to 488 Squadron [RNZAF], Singapore, and was in action on numerous occasions prior to the evacuation of Singapore. During this period he destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged others. At all times he showed excellent leadership and keenness to contact and destroy the enemy. He was himself shot down twice and each time skillfully crash-landed his aircraft. In Java, after this officer had led a formation of nine fighters to Palembang and landed there, the aerodrome was attacked by numerous enemy fighters accompanied by paratroop carriers. Although nearly out of petrol, and unable to refuel, he immediately took off and against very heavy odds attacked the paratroop carriers, shooting into them until he was shot down by enemy fighters. He showed a complete disregard for danger, afterwards crash-landing his machine and making his way back to Batavia." 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 26 October 1939 Hanson
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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    14 July 1985 Hanson
    HamiltonWaikato Hanson
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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
    • 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.267 AWMM

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