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Paratene Jackson Bennett

Group photograph of (left to right) Chess Waldron, Tony Gulliver, Paratene Bennett, Richard (Dickie) Evans, Joe Cotterill, July 1945, HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Hampshire, England. All were Fleet Air Arm recruits. Image kindly provided by Barrie Stevens (March 2019). Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Group photograph of (left to right) Chess Waldron, Tony Gulliver, Paratene Bennett, Richard (Dickie) …


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    Paratene Jackson AWMM
  • Surname
    Bennett AWMM
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    • WWII NZ10308 AWMM
    • WWII 10308 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    26 January 1926 Navy Museum KohupatikiHawkes Bay Navy Museum
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    WW2 25 October 1944 White Ensign
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  • Brother of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Moihi Te Awawaka Bennett DSO, Captain Frederick Tiwha Bennett, Captain Manuhuia Augustus Bennett, Lieutenant Albert Te Auheke Bennett, Lieutenant Henry Bennett and Flight Lieutenant Edward Te Keu Bennett, Second World War.

    Attended Te Aute College. Began naval training at HMNZS Tamaki on Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf and then travelled to England for naval flight training at HMS Daedalus. First Maori naval officer.

    See also, Rose Evans, 'Against All Odds', The White Ensign, Royal New Zealand Navy Museum Journal, Issue 03, Summer 2007.

    Served 25/10/1944-23/10/1946. Joined the Scheme F recruitment programme to supply pilots to the Fleet Air Arm. Started at HMNZS TAMAKI as Naval Airman 2nd Class for a brief basic training then went to PHILOMEL in November 1944. He was sent by sea to Britain in early 1945 and had arrived at the Fleet Air Arm training establishment HMS DAEDALUS on 8/2/1945. He trained there until July 1945 but was reverted in rate to Ordinary Seaman. This was because there was no need to train him as a pilot as he would not complete the training in time. It is understood he returned to New Zealand but according to his posting record card he was promoted to Temporary Acting Sub-Lieutenant at the shore establishment HMS KING ALFRED on 14/4/1946 where wartime commissioned officers had received part of their training. He was posted back by August 1946 and was demobilised on 23/10/1946 and his commission withdrawn. AWMM
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About death

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    10 February 2012 Cemetery Record
    Age 86 AWMM
    Te PukeBay of Plenty Cemetery Record
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    Te Puke Cemetery, Te Puke, Bay of Plenty AWMM Plot 1734, AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • This record was partially created by information provided by the Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. This list was not collated by McNabb but was sourced from the Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
    • Allison, D., Richards, R., & Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. (2009). Flying navy : the story of new zealanders who flew in the fleet air arm in world war i and world war ii and the roll of honour of those who died in action and on active service. Auckland [N.Z.] : Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. AWMM

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