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Gregory Francis Whitwell



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gregory Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Whitwell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 414709 AWMM
    • WWII NZ414709 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 June 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Tapapa, Tirau AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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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
    27 April 1943 AWMM
    "In April, 1943, this airman was the pilot of one of a formation of bombers which attacked railway installations at Malines. Whilst making his bombing run, Sergeant Whitwell was severely wounded in the left arm by shrapnel, sustaining a compound fracture. Undaunted, he remained at the controls and executed a successful attack. Although in great pain and suffering from loss of blood, Sergeant Whitwell flew the bomber back to this country making a landing at an airfield near the coast. He displayed great courage and fortitude, setting an example worthy of the highest praise." (Hanson, p. 511) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 August 1941 Ballot List Service Station Attendant/Civilian Ballot List
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant Whitwell was the first member of the 487 Squadron to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and flew 12 sorties with them. (Hanson, p. 511). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    22 January 1976 AWMM
    MatakoheNorthland AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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. 511 AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
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