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Sidney Claud Saward



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sidney Claud AWMM
  • Surname
    Saward AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ415719 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 July 1921 BDM 2007/19514
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • 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

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 October 1941 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Sidney Claud Saward was sent to serve in No. 6 Squadron at Halavo Seaplane Base, Havalo Bay on the island of Nggela Sule (Florida Island) in the Solomon Islands. There he was a crew member on Catalina Flying Boats.

      His Catalina crashed on 27/1/45 at 1058hrs “10 miles south of Mbenga Island” Fiji (now called Beqa Island).

      After the war he transferred to RNZAF Reserve of Officers Class C on 2/1/1946. 650 aircrew productive flying hours. AWMM
    • Before flying a just-rebuilt Catalina back from Fiji his crew took it on a required test flight there on Saturday 20 Jan 1945 (also aboard were some servicemen who had done some of its repairs). A catastrophic accident happened and it plunged a mile into the sea. Sidney and 5 other survivors were pulled off a single life raft about 24 hours later by a passing trading ship. The other 12 that had been aboard the Catalina didn't survive. Injured, he was soon back in NZ. Public - Guy - Other relative - 18 November 2023 - Information from his writings (he's my grandfather's half-brother) plus Papers Past e.g. "No Trace", Evening Post, 30 January 1945;
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About death

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  • Death
    6 August 2007 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Maunu Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM Ash Berm Block B, Plot 83 AWMM
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18 November 2023GuyHamilton NZOther relative

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