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John Milne Checketts

Portrait of Squadron Leader John Milne Checketts, Auckland Weekly News, 22 September 1943. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19430922-21-27. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Squadron Leader John Milne Checketts, Auckland Weekly News, 22 September 1943. Auckland …


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    John Milne AWMM
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    Checketts AWMM
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  • Also known as
    Johnny Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 10 May 2020 - Research
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    WWII NZ403602 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    20 February 1912 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
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  • Husband of Natalie; father of Chris, Mary-Jane and Davey.

    World War II Fighter Ace, Served with the 485 Squadron, 611 Squadron, lead the 142 Wing, Commanding Officer of the 485 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force from July to September 1943, Commanding Officer of the 1 Squadron Royal Air Force (April 1944). Wing Leader of an RAF Spitfire Fighter Wing. Wing Commander 'Johnny' Checketts flew at least 418 sorties, he began his pilot training at 29. He became a member of the Late Arrivals Club after he was shot down over France in September 1943, he evaded capture and arrived safe in England in October 1943. (Hanson, p. 122). AWMM
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  • Death
    21 April 2006 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 April 2006 AWMM
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    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Wells, K.W. (1984). 485 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force : an illustrated history of the New Zealand spitfire squadron. Auckland, N.Z.: Hutchinson. AWMM
      pp. 51-2, 56, 71-2, 93ff, 102f, 115, 153 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Pedersen, P. (2012). ANZACS on the Western Front : the Australian War Memorial battlefield guide. Richmond, Vic.: John Wiley & Sons Australia. AWMM
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. 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
      p. 121-2 AWMM


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06 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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