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Rex Laughton Kippenberger



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    Rex Laughton AWMM
  • Surname
    Kippenberger AWMM
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    WWII 29016 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    3 December 1907 AWMM PrebbletonCanterbury AWMM
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  • Wing Commander Kippenberger,1 brother of Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger, the distinguished New Zealand soldier, was to command No. 142 Wellington Squadron during 1941. He had done valuable work as a flying instructor in the pre-war years, and then served with the air contingent in France and later on the operations staff at No. 1 Bomber Group Headquarters. Wing Commander Freeman, who was to win distinction in operations with Wellingtons of No. 3 Group in 1941, had made his way to England in 1933 at the age of 17 and had entered the Royal Air Force. He later qualified as a pilot and served with a fighter squadron before joining the New Zealand Wellington Flight in July 1939. He flew with No. 75 Squadron until the end of 1940, winning distinction for outstanding efficiency as a captain of bomber aircraft ‘who was also a highly skilled and determined navigator, with an almost uncanny ability to find his target under the most difficult conditions. On one occasion he had made a special photographic reconnaissance of Stettin, using only astro-navigation, and had achieved complete success’. Freeman had made a special study of navigation and was one of the few service pilots to obtain the No. 1 Civil Navigator’s Licence at this time. After organising navigational training at No. 3 Group Headquarters, during which time he flew on many operations with young crews, he went to a Wellington squadron as a flight commander early in 1941. Later he was appointed to command another Wellington squadron, which he subsequently led in a successful attack on Turin as well as on many raids against targets in Germany. (Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force, vol.1, p.162-163)

    Brother of Howard Kippenberger. AWMM
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About death

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    21 April 1961 AWMM
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