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Joan Constance Rowberry

Joan Rowberry, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force using a teletype machine. Suva, Fiji. Air Force Museum of New Zealand PR1876.

Joan Rowberry, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force using a teletype machine. Suva, Fiji. Air …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joan Constance AWMM
  • Surname
    Rowberry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joan Constance McVicar AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII W4166 AWMM
    • WWII 4166 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 October 1920 Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Married/WWII AWMM
    Bob (Robert Neil McVicar) AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Fiji AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII W4166 AWMM
    • WWII 4166 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Meteorologist AWMM
  • Enlistment
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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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  • Joan Constance Rowberry served with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in Laucala Bay, Fiji. She worked in the Meteorlogical Section, observing and plotting weather maps. Weather messages from around the islands were sent to the meteorological office, where they were made into forecasts. These coded messages were then sent back to the post office where they were then sent by Morse Code to the Army, Air Force and Navy Bases.

    Joan's fiance and later husband Robert Neil McVicar worked at the Post Office and was one of those who would send these Morse Code messages around to the bases. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 October 2007 Cemetery Records
    Age 87 AWMM
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  • External links
    Gabrielle Fortune and Madison Pine. Love in Wartime: War Weddings. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 9 April 2021.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • New Zealand Cemetery Records. New Zealand Society of Genealogists Incorporated. AWMM
    • Dawson, B., (2017). Laucala Bay: The Story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939-1967 AWMM

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