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James Kerrow Porteous

Photograph of 485 Squadron pilots, walking away from a Spitfire, RAF Station Driffield, 1941. From left to right: James Kerrow Porteous, A.G. McIntyre, Kevin Desmond Cox, William Arthur Middleton, A.B. Smith, and Jack Maney. Names sourced from the book 'An Illustrated History of the New Zealand Spitfire Squadron' by Kevin W Wells. Air Force Museum of New Zealand, HIST533. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of 485 Squadron pilots, walking away from a Spitfire, RAF Station Driffield, 1941. From l …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Kerrow AWMM
  • Surname
    Porteous AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • Pranger AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ401030 AWMM
    • 133756 AWMM
    • 59740 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 November 1916 Hanson Hanson
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military Hanson
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 April 1940 Hanson
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Biographical information

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  • Commanding Officer, 122 Squadron, Royal Air Force, September to November 1944. Source: Hanson, By Such Deeds, p.398.

    Fighter ace credited with downing 7 enemy aircraft. Public source. AWMM


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  • Death
    17 March 1993 Hanson
    Age 76 AWMM
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    Purewa Cemetery, Meadwobank, Auckland AWMM Plot 23, Row 7, Block Y AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    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.398 AWMM


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