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Arthur Frederick Tucker

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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- …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Tucker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ414703 AWMM
    • U70076 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 September 1921 AWMM AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    • Pacific AWMM
    • Bougainville AWMM
    • British Commonwealth Occupational Force, Japan AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ414703 AWMM
    • U70076 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 August 1941 AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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 AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    17 April 2015 NZ Herald
    Age 93 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand NZ Herald
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 21 April 2015. AWMM
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