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Arthur Frederick Tucker

Neville, D.F. First Lieutenant, Tucker, A.F. First Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Ref: WA-01427-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Neville, D.F. First Lieutenant, Tucker, A.F. First Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Ref: WA- …


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  • Forenames
    Arthur Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Tucker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Fred AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ414703 AWMM
    • Vietnam U70076 AWMM
    • WWII 414703 AWMM
    • Vietnam 70076 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 18 September 1921 AWMM AWMM
    • 18 September 1921 Jayforce 14 Squadron (R21077357)
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    • 30 April 1938 AWMM
    • WW2 17 August 1941 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Served 16 Squadron, Pacific 1944-1945; 14 Squadron Japan 1946-7; Commanding Officer 75 Squadron, Ohakea 1952-3; Commanding Officer 14 Squadron, Malaya 1956-58

    Awarded OBE (1975).

    "Group Captain Tucker was a pilot with the Royal New Zealand Air Force for 35 years, completing Pacific tours with the 16th Squadron, in 1944 and 1945 and a posting to Japan in 1946 with 14 Squadron. In 1952 he became Commanding Officer of 75 Squadron and later Deputy Director of Operations in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Headquarters and would later command 14 Squadron in Malaya. In 1961 he was appointed the New Zealand Joing Services Liasion Officer in Singapore and held several significant posts, including Deputy Head of the New Zealand Defence Liaison Staff in London. In 1958 he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya. He was also made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire." Airforce News, Issue 169, May 2015, p. 33

    WW2 in Pacific, J Force, Malaya Confrontation, Vietnam War. MA to CDF during visit to Vietnam November 1967. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 April 2015 NZ Herald
    Age 93 AWMM
    NZ Herald
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    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 21 April 2015. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 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
    • Tucker, Arthur Frederick. Tucker's Trivia - Ramblings and recollections, 2004 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2007/56. AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Jayforce Nominal Roll, Manning: No 14 Squadron (1943-1947), Archives New Zealand. AIR1 17211 (R21077357). AWMM

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