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Basil Watkin

Basil Watkin with the Queen 1977 - This image may be subject to copyright

Basil Watkin with the Queen 1977 - This image may be subject to copyright


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    Basil AWMM
  • Surname
    Watkin AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    World War 2/wars AWMM
    France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    Created during migration for ww2 records that were listed as western front and need to be corrected AWMM
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  • Squadron Leader Basil Watkin, of the 487 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF, was born in Opotiki and joined the RAF in 1938. He flew Coastal Command, and instructed in Canada and New Zealand before flying Mosquito fighter bombers over France in 1944.

    Kiwis with the RAF

    New Zealand casualty figures reflect the part New Zealanders played in the air war over Europe. Of the 10,950 New Zealanders who served with the Royal Air Force, 3258 (some 30 per cent) were killed, at least 138 wounded and 568 became prisoners of war.

    A photograph of Basil Watkin is part of the exhibit at the Auckland War Memorial Museum 'Kiwis with the RAF' of 'Scars on the Heart'. AWMM
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