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Stanley Palmer Tuck

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  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1985 AWMM
    • WWII 527909 AWMM
    • WWII, NZArmy 527909. : RNZAF NZ1985. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files.
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    • Air Force AWMM
    • NZArmy 6/10/42 - 3/06/43. RNZAF 4/06/43 - 31/10/45. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Papers. Family papers.
  • Last rank
    WW2 Flying Officer/Military Public source
  • War
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939 - 1945 Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
Portrait of Commanding Officer Flying Officer Stanley Palmer Tuck (NZ1985). Image kindly provided by Mike Tuck. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Commanding Officer Flying Officer Stanley Palmer Tuck (NZ1985). Image kindly provided by …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley Palmer AWMM
  • Surname
    Tuck AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1985 AWMM
    • WWII 527909 AWMM
    • WWII, NZArmy 527909. : RNZAF NZ1985. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files.
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 December 1904 Public source TikokinoHawkes Bay Public source
  • Date of birth
    5th December 1904. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Place of birth
    • Hampden, Central Hawke's Bay. (Now Tikokino, HB). Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Family papers.
    • Hampden,(now Tikokino), Central Hawke's Bay. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • 6/10/1942. P.O. Box 79. Taupo.NZ. Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel File. Family papers.
    • 6th October 1942. P.O. Box 79. Taupo. NZ. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Post war occupation
    • Sawmiller Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel File. Family Papers.
    • Sawmiller Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • John Thomas Tuck. (father). Oruanui, Taupo. NZ
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      . Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel File. Family papers.
    • John Thomas Tuck. (father) Oruanui, Taupo. NZ. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Relationship status
    • Married. Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel File. Family papers.
    • Married. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939 - 1945 Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Campaign
    RNZAF Pacific Islands. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Papers, Family papers.
  • Armed force / branch
    • Air Force AWMM
    • NZArmy 6/10/42 - 3/06/43. RNZAF 4/06/43 - 31/10/45. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Papers. Family papers.
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1985 AWMM
    • WWII 527909 AWMM
    • WWII, NZArmy 527909. : RNZAF NZ1985. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files.
  • Military service
    • New Zealand Military Forces, Home Guard Public source
    • Home Gaurd, Taupo Battalion No2A Group. : NZArmy : RNZAF. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force, Omaka Public source
    • Lieutenant NZHome Gaurd. Lieutenant NZArmy. RNZAF Pilot Officer Flying Officer. Public - Michael Tuck - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 6 October 1942 Public source Sawmiller/Civilian Public source
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • Sawmiller Public - Michael - Direct Descendant - 8 August 2016 - Military Personnel File. Family papers.
    • Sawmiller. Public - Michael Palmer Tuck. - Direct descendant - 9 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files. Family papers.
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Stan was the son of John Thomas Tuck (JT) and Mary Alice (nee Gardner).

    The Royal New Zealand Airforce sawmill units supplied much needed timber to the RNZAF and American Marine Construction Units. (140th Seabees) for all types of uses, importantly, decking for tents to raise them out of the mud. Timber for buildings, wharves, and bridges.

    One of the biggest accomplishments of the war was the supply of sufficient timber for the construction of a bridge linking Los Negros and Manus Islands. (Admiralty Islands Group) It was estimated at the time that the bridge constructed by the U.S Marines, cost a million dollars. This strategic group of Islands provided two heavy Bomber and, two Fighter aerodromes, and Seeadler Harbour was developed into one of the largest Navel bases in the Pacific.

    With the bare minimum of mechanical assistance, Kiwi ingenuity made full use of a captured Japanese (Half Tank) to power the first sawmill at Guadalcanal.
    The RNZAF ran two sawmill units, of approximately 40 men to each, moving from Island to Island, in keeping up closely with battle advancements. It was not long before the squadron was averaging 50,000 feet of sawn timber per week. Mahogany, Rubberwood, Teak, and Rosewood were the main timbers. Demand for timber by the construction units was so great that a 7 day week was frequently worked.

    Felling the trees from the tropical forests, and carting to the sawmills, sometimes up to six miles, over the units own access roads with little mechanical equipment and in appalling conditions. The mill saws often struck shrapnel embedded in the trees from the recent battles. The unit members were always subject to enemy air attacks with little to no warning. Enemy aircraft could not always be heard above the noise of the sawmill machinery. Malaria took its toll, but later decreased with improved medical knowledge.

    John F. Kennedy’s (later President of United States) Torpedo Patrol Boat PT 109, was cut in two on the night of 2nd August 1943, by the Japanese Destroyer “Amagiri”. The bow section washed ashore near the RNZAF sawmill at Arundel. (New Georgia Islands Group) Once again Kiwi ingenuity soon turned this wreck into a floatable boat, later to be used as the units fishing boat.

    The Squadron’s sawmill units operated on the Islands of Guadalcanal, Arundel Island (New Georgia Group), Bougainville, Los Negros, Manus (Admiralty Islands) and Jacquinot Bay, New Britain. Near the end of the war the unit was making ready for a move to Borneo.

    SQUADRON REUNIONS:
    For a number of years from 1965 to well into the late 1980’s, at two yearly intervals over a Queens Birthday weekend, the Squadron members assembled at a pre-chosen New Zealand town or city for a Squadron reunion
    Upon the early death of the CO, his wife Mrs Ida Margaret Tuck became the Squadrons Patron. Attending all Squadron reunions, opening and keeping up communications with many unit members and their wives, until her death on 24th December 1999. Public source AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    11 October 1965 Public source
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
09 August 2016Michael Palmer Tuck.NAPIERDirect descendant
03 January 2020Michael Palmer TuckNapierOther relative
17 December 2019MichaelNapierDirect Descendant

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