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Trevor Edward Ganley



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  • Forenames
    Trevor Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Ganley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ414501 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 November 1916 Hanson, C. (2001) Auckland CityAuckland Hanson, C. (2001)
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) AWMM
    Citation for DFM : " No. NZ414501 Flight Lieutenant Trevor Edward Ganley, RNZAF " Tavender, I. (2000). Tavender, I. (2000). The Distinguished Flying Medal register for the Second World War with official recommendation details. (Vols. 1-2). London, England: Savannah. pp. 686-687. "On 24th July, 1943, Flight Sergeant Ganley was Air Gunner in a Hudson aircraft engaged on patrol duty in the New Georgia - Shortlands area when the Hudson was attacked by eight Zero fighters. Early in the attack, flight Sergeant Ganley was severely wounded in the hip and received shrapnel wounds in the hand, arm and head.The fire controller was badly wounded and Flight Sergeant, in spite of his wounds, took over fire control duties from the turret. Later, when his turret was untenable, he manned another gun position and carried on from there. During the initial attack, Flight Sergeant Ganley sent a Zero down out of control and it was seen to fall into the sea. The Hudson caught fire later in the action and Flight Sergeant Ganley assisted in keeping the fire under control until the fire extinguishers were exhausted and the aircraft was forced to make a landing on the sea. After all the occupants had successfully left the aircraft, he assisted another member of the crew who had been wounded. In the water, they were repeatedly fired on by the enemy and eventually Flight Sergeant Ganley was the sole survivor. Flight Sergeant Ganley showed exceptional courage and devotion to duty throughout the action and sound resourcefulness until he was eventually rescued a month later from an isalnd which he succedded in reaching. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Monterey AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • 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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  • Flight Lieutenant Ganley was a Wireless Operator-Air Gunner AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    25 November 1997 Hanson, C.(2001)
    HowickManukau City Hanson, C.(2001)
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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.202 AWMM
    • Tavender, I. (2000). The Distinguished Flying Medal register for the Second World War with official recommendation details. (Vols. 1-2). London, England: Savannah. AWMM
      pp 686-687 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Rudge, C. (2003). Air-to-air : the story behind the air-to-air combat claims of the RNZAF. Lyttelton, N.Z.: Adventure Air. AWMM
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