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Leslie Bertram Malpas

Leslie Malpas in Sergeants uniform prior to his promotion to Flight Lieutenant.

Framed photo of Leslie Malpas

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Bertram AWMM
  • Surname
    Malpas AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ401209 AWMM
    • WWII 401209 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 June 1913 AWMM RaetihiCentral Plateau AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Mount Maunganui, Tauranga AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    10 July 1945 AWMM
    For meritorious service. Served with 37 and 199 Sqns RAF (both Wellington) before returning to NZ in April 1943. Flew a tour in the SPA with 4 Sqn RNZAF (Hudson), then 1 Sqn RNZAF (Ventura) in the SWPA. (Hanson, p. 319) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Navigator AWMM
  • Enlistment
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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • In May 1941, whilst on a raid on Crete, Flight Lieutenant Malpas suffered Engine Failure and was forced into landing into the sea, the crew were 140 miles nort of Maaten Bagush and were rescued by a cruiser near by (Goldfish Club). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    9 June 1995 Hanson
    TaurangaBay of Plenty Hanson
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pyes Pa, Cemetery AWMM Plot 42, Row RSA 2, Block New RSA, AWMM
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  • External links
    'Awards for RNZAF serving in Pacific' Northern Advocate, 11 July 1945
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
      MS-2004-32 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 590 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.319 AWMM


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