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James Chilton Francis Hayter

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Chilton Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Hayter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ36207 AWMM
    • WWII 36207 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War Nov 1938 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 28 December 1945 AWMM
    Transferred to Reserve of Officers AWMM
    Squadron Leader AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Father of Stephen. Brother of Graham and Adrian

      Commanded 274 Squadron in the Western Desert

      Portrait in Brodie (2006). Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM
    • "Mr Hayter (...) was shot down four times in World War II. On one of these occasions, in North Africa, his nemesis was an Italian pilot - whom the New Zealander then shot down in the same dogfight. They shared a drink that night in the Australian lines.

      Earlier, when Mr Hayter was shot down during the Battle of Britain, he parachuted into the grounds of a country house, was invited to a cocktail party and then was picked up by his fiancee, a New Zealander living nearby. She later became his wife.

      On the Greek island of Kos, he and other pilots had to take to the hills when Germans over-ran their airfield. One of them fired at Mr Hayter from 20m away but missed." Public - Ella - Researcher - 6 August 2017 - King, E. (2006). Heroes' sacrifices finally recognised. New Zealand Herald (Monday October 16 2006).
    • This Weta Workshop Mannequin of James Hayter was made by volunteer Rodger Beardsworth. It is on display at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Blenheim New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 16 May 2020 - Research
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About death

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  • Death
    3 October 2006 AWMM
    TakakaTasman AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Wakapuaka Cemetery Nelson New Zealand Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 16 May 2020 - Research
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with 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
      p. 240-241 AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 187-194 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. 1, pp. 99, 226, 236; Vol. 2, pp. 299, 354; Vol. 3, p. 83. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - List of New Zealand Fighter aces with their Scores (Unofficial) December 1944. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845799). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
17 February 2024KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
03 July 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
16 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
28 November 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher
06 August 2017EllaAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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