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Kenwyn Roland Sutton

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Sq/Ldr. Kenwyn Roland Sutton DFC. MiD

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenwyn Roland AWMM
  • Surname
    Sutton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Scruffy AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ36182 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Wellington Aero Club, Rongotai AWMM
    • Wigram AWMM
    • 5 OTU, Aston Downs (Defiant training) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 8 December 1937 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    Loss of lower left leg and left arm after being shot down by friendly ground fire. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • He was the son of Mr A.V. Sutton

      Attended Palmerston North High School 1932-36.

      Flying Officer - 3 September 1940

      Flight Lieutenant - September 1941

      Acting Squadron Leader - July 1942

      Squadron Leader - 1 January 1944

      On 2 April 1943 while returning from an operation over France Sutton was shot down by Canadian anti-aircraft gunners over Hove.

      Flew with the arm attachment

      Transferred to RNZAF 1944

      Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1998. Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). AWMM
    • He passed away in Kapiti, New Zealand on the 6th July 2003, age 83. Ashes buried at Awa Tapu Cemetery, Kapiti. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 13 September 2018 -
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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • DFC gazetted 27th March 1942:
    'This officer has proved himself to be a first class operational pilot. He participated in the first intensive air fighting in France during May and June 1940. During one sortie, he destroyed one and damaged another enemy aircraft before being shot down himself. Since then Flight Lieutenant Sutton has taken part in numerous patrols both by day and by night. As a flight commander he has shown sterling qualities and he has been mainly responsible for the high standard of efficiency in his flight'.

    MiD Mention in Despatches gazetted 14th January 1944:
    'For bravery in action and meritorious fulfilment of duty with 605 Sqn RAF (Boston)'
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 13 September 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1989). Men of the Battle of Britain. Norwich, England: Gliddon Books. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 30 November 1943. Shot down by mistake, resulting in loss of a leg and an arm AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 378-381 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
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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26 November 2018JeniferWairarapaResearcher
13 September 2018KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher

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