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Maurice Craig Kinder

Group photograph of six New Zealanders on the RMS Remuera in early 1938, sailing to the UK for pilot training under the Empire Pilot Training Scheme. As follows: Wing Commander Douglas Robert Bagnall 43021, Pilot Officer Roy Bradney Bould NZ2312, Flying Officer John Talbot Strang NZ40861, Squadron Leader Peter Wynn Mason West 40870, Pilot Officer Ian Ronald Gow 40820, Flying Officer Maurice Craig Kinder 40836. Image kindly provided by Graham Bould (May 2017). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Group photograph of six New Zealanders on the RMS Remuera in early 1938, sailing to the UK for pilot …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Maurice Craig AWMM
  • Surname
    Kinder AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40836 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 May 1913 AWMM ParnellAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A. Kinder (father), Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • 5FTS, Sealand AWMM
    • Havilland Flying School AWMM
    • No. 5 Air Observers' School AWMM
    • 7 OTU AWMM
    • No. 1 Beam Approach School AWMM
    • RAF, Uxbridge AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War Dec 1937 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    Wounded in Plane crash on 1 November 1940 AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Educated at Parnell Primary School, Auckland Grammar School and Fielding Agricultural School.

    Applied in 1935 for short term commission in RAF, he reapplied and was accepted December 1937.

    Married 1941.

    Acting Pilot Officer 13 May 1939

    Flying Officer 3 September 1940

    His book " Faith was my protector" describes his experiences as a pilot and Squadron Leader with the Royal Air Force during World War II. Contains detailed accounts of flying missions and happenings of interest, including D-Day preparations and a visit by King George VI to his flying unit.
    Flight Lieutenant 3 September 1941

    Squadron Leader 1 January 1944

    28 June 1945 Temporary Station Commander - RAF, Cranwell

    June 1946- Returned to NZ

    1947 joined the Reserve of Air Force Officers

    Returned to NZ in 1950

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 January 1988 AWMM
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  • Place of death
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  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Ash Burial K Row 7a, Plot 124 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family 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
    • Kinder, Maurice Craig. Faith was my Protector : a New Zealander's experience with the Royal Air Force. 1971. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library- Tāmaki Paenga Hira. MS-2007/32. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 242-246 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Feilding Agricultural High School War Memorial volume. (1948). Feilding, N.Z.: Feilding Agricultural High School (N.Z.). Old Pupils' Association. AWMM
      Feilding Agricultural High School War Memorial volume. (1948), pp.55, 60, 168 & 172. AWMM

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