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Utiku Albert Potaka

Rotorua Aero Pageant including R W Perkin and A Potaka, judge and assisting landing competition. Ref: WA-11887-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22874865

Rotorua Aero Pageant including R W Perkin and A Potaka, judge and assisting landing competition. Ref …


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  • Forenames
    Utiku Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Potaka AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 422432 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Mauretania AWMM

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  • Death
    6 June 1958 AWMM
    Age 40 AWMM
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    A noted Maori wartime airman, Mr Utiku Albert Potaka, was killed in a motor accident on the night of Friday, June 6.

    Mr Potaka, a farmer aged 40 years, came from Ohingaiti.

    The heavy truck he was driving collided with the side of a concrete bridge on the Rongotea-Longburn highway, Manawatu. He died on the way to the Palmerston North Hospital.

    Mr Potaka served in the R.N.Z.A.F. from 1942 to 1952. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for services in the air. He served two tours of operations in the European and Middle East theatres of war." Te Ao Hou, No. 24 (October 1958) AWMM
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  • External links
    Mr Utiku Potaka, Te Ao Hou. No. 24 (October 1958).
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    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

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