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William Arbory Howe



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arbory AWMM
  • Surname
    Howe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ391993 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 August 1916 AWMM PiopioWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 September 1939 AWMM Broadway, Matamata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J. Howe (father), Broadway, Matamata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Sep 1939 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Plumber 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 9 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Wife of Jean; father of Bob, Christine

    William Howe joined the RNZAF when war was declared, reporting to Hobsonville for first few weeks.

    He completed 3 months training course as flight rigger at the Otahuhu Railway Workshops and was then posted to Woodbourne for 5 months.

    Next posted to Rongotai for 3 months further training a IIA and then posted to Hobsonville where he worked assembling Harvard aircraft

    Early in 1941 he was posted overseas to Singapore to work on overhauling 4 Singapore Flying boats, by October 2 of these went to Fiji, by December 2 more went to Fiji.

    In Singapore at Seletar Base, the aerodrome for Singapore and Malaya, when Japan declared war. "The first we knew of it was when bombs started falling all around us."

    January 31 enemy action forced all to leave the station, evacuated with RAF 205 Squadron to Java aboard HMS Kedah. The squadron was due to go to Sumatra but the Japanese got there first.

    From Java he was ordered to return to New Zealand where he joined 30 Squadron at Gisborne which was flying Vincents, on patrol work over the Pacific.

    After about 5 months posted to Ohakea and working in the workshops doing major overhauls on the Hudson bombers for service in the Pacific. Airmen could do minor work on the planes but the planes were sent back to NZ for major work.

    Posted to Rukahia, near Hamilton.

    Posted, with 12 fitters to Santos, New Hebrides to learn about the new aircraft dive bombers and torpedo bombers.

    On return posted to Hobsonville assembling aircraft and waiting for the dive bombers and torpedo bombers to arrive.

    Didn't work with them as was posted to Technical Training School, Nelson as an instructor.

    Total service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force was 6 years

    Attended reunions every year until 2006, "this was the last time because there was no one there I knew, they had passed away or couldn't come because of ill health"

    Narrative of service on file. Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2008 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 February 2010 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 February 2010 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 February 2010 AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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