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William Pokeroa Moffatt

  • Service number
    • WWII 428768 AWMM
    • WWII NZ428768 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Moffat AWMM
    • Will AWMM
    • Mawhete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War

Portrait of brothers, Joseph (left) and Alan Moffatt (right) (William Moffats brothers) (Image kindl …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Pokeroa AWMM
  • Surname
    Moffatt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Moffat AWMM
    • Will AWMM
    • Mawhete AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 428768 AWMM
    • WWII NZ428768 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 September 1914 Hanson Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui Hanson
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    "Flight Lieutenant Moffatt completed numerous missions of which the majority were of a special nature. On one of these his aircraft was attacked by six enemy fighters. By his skill he succeeded in evading the enemy and eventually completed the sortie. The high standard set by this officer has been a fine example to all" Hanson, p. 353 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Son of The Hon. William Moffat, M.L.C., and of Kathleen Moffat (nee McGline or McGlone), of Palmerston North.

    "Was at school in 1931-33 passing University Entrances and gaining a higher learning certificate. Bill was a School Prefect and Captain of the 1st XV in 1933. After enlisting he went overseas in April 1942, ans subsequently served in Stirlings and Lancasters, making many operational flights and being awarded the D.F.C for meritorious service." I.R. Matheson Papers.

    Three brothers served in WW2: Alan Vincent Moffatt (458861); William Moffat (RNZAF) and Joseph Raymon Moffat (NZ424871). Will flew Lancasters over Europe. Joe flew fighters over Italy and was killed in 1945. Alan fought as an officer with the 28 (Maori) Battlion.

    Name spelled vaiously as Moffatt and Mofat. Mother's maiden name spelled as McGlone by CWGC (October 2010)

    Auckland Museum, Scars on the Heart Gallery. Item on display is: a hat and souvenirs taken from a German padre killed at Faenza are on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition 'Slogging up Italy' of 'Scars on the Heart'. Alan Moffat (458861) is quoted, 'I was lucky, he was unlucky.' AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
    Te Ara, Rangi Māwhete (father)
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). vol. 3 p. 609 AWMM
    • Mawhete, Rangi. Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-96/39. AWMM
    • Palmerston North City Archives; I.R. Matheson Papers, Series 4/1, Box 9 AWMM


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08 November 2021Ian BanksAuckland, NZResearcher

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