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John Daniel McCorkindale


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Daniel AWMM
  • Surname
    McCorkindale AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Public - Marilyn Meryle - Other relative - 31 March 2023 - Brother of my mother, so my Uncle Jack.
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ417286 AWMM
    • WWII 417286 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1921 Public - Marilyn Meryle - Other relative - 31 March 2023 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Evan's Flat Central Otago Public - Marilyn Meryle - Other relative - 31 March 2023 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Daniel McCorkindale Public - Marilyn Meryle - Other relative - 31 March 2023 - assumed as father living, and Jack not married
  • Relationship status
    Father Public - Marilyn Meryle - Other relative - 31 March 2023 - Family papers


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Training and Enlistment

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • Initially trained at RNZAF Levin, New Zealand, then embarked overseas for Air Observers School training in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Scheme. Then attended OTU training at Lossiemouth in Scotland.

    He began his tour of operations during July-December 1943 as a Navigator with No. 460 (RAAF) Squadron operating Avro Lancasters. That tour of duty was then followed by Navigator Instructor duties when he was posted firstly to 27 Operational Training Unit at RAF Lichfield, followed by similar postings to 12 OTU at RAF Benson/11 OTU at RAF Westcott and its satellite station, RAF Oakley. In Dec 1944 he was posted to 2 Group Support Unit/2 Group which was located initially at Swanton Morley and later at RAF Fersfield.

    His final operational service was with No. 487 (NZ) Squadron, operating de Havilland Mosquito’s between the 8th and 19th of March, 1945. Family source.

    Promotional Record:

    26/12/41 : LAC-Air Observer
    14/08/42 : Sgt-Navigator
    15/05/43 : Flight Sgt-Navigator
    09/10/43 : Commissioned as a Pilot Officer
    10/04/44 : Promoted to Flying Officer
    18/03/46 : Promoted to Flight Lieutenant AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 December 1980 Cemetery Record
    Age 59 AWMM
    DunedinOtago Cemetery Record
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    East Taieri Cemetery, Mosgiel, Otago AWMM Plot 25, Block Ash AWMM
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  • And In The Morning We Will Remember Them. God Bless Grandad.
    Public - Shane Andrew - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020



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  • External links
    Distinguished Flying Cross Citation, London Gazette, 21 January 1944
    Further Reference
  • References
    • 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
31 March 2023Marilyn MeryleMasterton NZOther relative
24 April 2020Shane AndrewIpswich. Australia Direct descendant

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