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Clifford Stanley Emeny

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Clifford Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Emeny AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40204 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1920 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J. Emeny (father), Te Kiri, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 23 March 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Ground Training School, Weraroa (15 January 1940) AWMM
    • Air Observers School, Ohakea (February 1940) AWMM
    • Pilot training (January 1942)- No 13 Initial Training Wing, Torquay. AWMM
    • No 22 EFTS, Cambridge AWMM
    • Empire Training Scheme, Canada (May 1942)- No. 37 SFTS & NO. 39 SFTS. AWMM
    • Advanced Flying Unit (UK) AWMM
    • No. 60 OTU AWMM
    • Night Intruder Course (Mosquitos) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 15 January 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Steward AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2
    Meiktila, Burma AWMM
    Nov 1944-Dec 1944 AWMM
    Flew with 264 (RAF) Squadron as an Air Gunner in the Battle of Britain. AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    • WW2 By 28 April 1945, Indian and Burmese Collaborationist troops left by Japanese let control of prison to Prisoners in return for promises of obtaining clemency for them. AWMM
    • WW2 3 May 1945 British arrive. AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Joan

    Awarded Air Gunners Badge 26 July 1940.

    Pilot Officer Nov/Dec 1941

    Flying Officer December 1942

    Flight Lieutenant 29 November 1943

    Sent to Burma 18 November 1943

    When captured was posted as Missing, presumed killed. Held in Rangoon - initially at University where he was interrogated at great length and with great cruelty, later transferred to solitary confinement at Camp and then to the main camp. He was put on trial by the Japanese for carrying out successful air attacks against them and also for insisting on humane treatment for sick and wounded prisoners. He was sentenced to be beheaded but in the confusion caused by the ever-nearing British forces, confirmation of the sentence never came through.

    When liberated from prison, he and five others, who had taken a leading part in the take-over action were flown out, the rest of the prisoners being evacuated by hospital ship.

    Emeny reached Calcutta on 8 May 1945, weighing 6 stone 10lbs. After a period of convalescence he returned to New Zealand in July 1945.

    He and his wife Joan resided in New Plymouth.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940

    POW Record

    Flew with 264 (RAF) Squadron as an Air Gunner in the Battle of Britain.

    Rangoon: first at University, later transferred to solitary confinement at Camp and then to main camp.

    On 9 November 1944 Emeny led six other Mosquitos in a dawn raid on the Japanese airfield at Meiktila. After destroying an enemy bomber as it was taking off his aircraft was hit by ground fire, causing it to catch alight and stopping one engine. Emeny managed to put out the fire, but was then attacked by fighters and shot down, crashing in flames into the jungle.

    Trapped by his feet, Emeny protected himself from the fire by covering himself with the parachute and putting on his oxygen mask. After a struggle he managed to cut himself free and was pulled out of the wreckage by his navigator. They went into the jungle, both injured and burned, and rested until afternoon. They then began walking and reached a Burmese village, but were unsuccessful in persuading the villagers to take them to safety. After robbing the two airmen the natives betrayed them to the Japanese, who took severe reprisals against any Burmese giving aid to downed Allied aircrew.

    By 28 April 1945, Indian and Burmese Collaborationist troops left by Japanese let control of prison to Prisoners in return for promises of obtaining clemency for them.

    3 May 1945 British arrive. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    6 October 2000 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Awanui Cemetery, Awanui Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM Services Area, Row G Burials Plot 63 AWMM
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  • As my father served as a pilot in the same theatre of war in Burma, and had noted the incident which brought about capture and imprisonment, I read a brief summary of F/Lt Emeny's experience of being shot down, burned, evading capture but being robbed and betrayed by villagers and his subsequent imprisonment. I know from the book source that I have at hand that both F/Lt Emeny and his Navigator, Plt Off Yanota suffered terribly but never gave any information during interrogation. They were both remarkable tough, courageous and compassionate men. I just want the family to know, that even now, so many years later - their heroism, their endurance and their compassion is not unknown, and never forgotten. I He stands tall in the Generation of Greatness.
    Public - Barbara - 2 January 2021
  • Uncle Cliff was my Mums brother and I was bought up with the family wherever they lived holidays etc. He was a wonderful person with community at heart. Always hard working and since the war politically motivated. He had health issues from being a prison of war. So Uncle Cliff and Aunty Joan went into a health product. He became a qualified iridologist and helped many people including my daughter. He died just before I left NZ. 2000. Miss them not being in New Plymouth when I visit. Forever with the Lord Uncle never forgotten Barbara your niece.
    Public - Barbara - Direct descendant - 14 April 2016

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. 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
      2001, p. 176 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      vol. 3 p. 589 AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Vol. 3, p. 370. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      pp. 137-140 AWMM
    • Cliff Emeny's story, "the three wings" written by Tom Woods Public - Chrissy - Direct descendant - 3 January 2016 - "the three wings", (2004) written by Tom Woods based on interviews and Cliff's memoirs. IBSN 1877365114

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02 January 2021BarbaraGalstonOther
14 April 2016BarbaraMelbourne AustraliaDirect descendant
03 January 2016ChrissyChristchurch, New ZealandDirect descendant
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