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Harold Hamon Blampied

Harold Blampied, on the day of his investiture, Government House, Auckland, New Zealand - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Hamon AWMM
  • Surname
    Blampied AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Hal AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ1718 AWMM
    • 133201 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 September 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 4 September 1939 AWMM 12 Beresford Street, Bayswater, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Martin Blampied (father), 12 Beresford Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    On 24 March 1945 Flying Officer Blampied took part in an attack on shipping in Egersund Harbour during which his aircraft was hit. The starboard engine caught fire and despite Blampied's best efforts, the fire persisted. He set course for home, the fire died away and he was able to complete his flight safely on one engine, the starboard engine having been shut down and the propeller feathered. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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 foot 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue - Grey AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr and Mrs Martin Blampied, 12 Beresford Street, Auckland

    Started war service as mobilised Army Territorial on 4 September 1939, becoming a Lieutenant and 2nd in command of a Coastal Artillery Battery in the Bay of Islands then was able to transfer to the RNZAF.

    He trained as pilot in New Zealand, Canada and Britain.

    Flew out of the UK on anti-shipping operations.

    He was on active service during World War 2 from the time war was declared to the last day, then in the Reserve until 1975.

    WWII NZ Artillery and RNZAF [Flight Lieutenant] No.489 [NZ] Squadron RAF. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Husband of the late Joan. Refs; Martyn E W, For Your Tomorrow, Vol 3, P 608, Ref [158]. Hanson C M, By Such Deeds, P 85. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 September 2015 AWMM
    Age 95 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Burrowes, D.M. (Ed.). (2006). 489: an unofficial history of No. 489 Torpedo Bomber Squadron, RNZAF, 1941 to 1945. Nelson, N.Z.: D.M. Burrowes. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Hanson, C. (2001). p 85 citation for DFC AWMM
    • 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: 10 September 2016 AWMM