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Donald Stuart Leighton



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Leighton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Don AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ391054 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Humanist AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 October 1916 AWMM BirminghamWest Midlands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 October 1939 AWMM Edendale Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L.K. Fordham (mother), Edendale Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Suffered from malaria in 1942 and 1943 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arrived in New Zealand with family in 1921.

    Moved to Auckland in 1934.

    Served with 34 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) in Singapore.

    Served with 79 Squadron, RAF, in India and Burma.

    Studied at Otago University after WWII and obtained physiotherapy qualifications in 1949.

    Worked at hospitals and in private practice, 1949-54.

    Worked as medical detailer and surgical rep, 1954-77.

    Retired in 1977.

    WWII Flying Officer Pilot. Embarked to Singapore for service with the RAF. Husband of Margaret. Ref; Martyn E W, For Your Tomorrow, vol 3, p 596, ref [70] AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 March 2014 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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  • External links
  • 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
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 26 March 2014 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM

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