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George Ian Luoni

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W/O. George Ian Luoni

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Ian AWMM
  • Surname
    Luoni AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ421071 AWMM
    • WWII 421071 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Biographical information

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    • Husband of Jean; father of Chris, Virginia, Simon, Rosemary

      Cenotaph database record compiled from information in the Death Notice

      Member of the 'Goldfish Club'. Warrant Officer Luoni was serving with the 17 Fighter Squadron, on the 23rd September 1943, whilst providing cover for Fighter escort for American Bombers attacking Japanese Positions, in the Solomons, contact with the Japanese Zeros, meant that Luoni had to Bale out of the aircraft. Luoni spent 9 hours in the water before getting to a Japanese held Island and picked up when the Island was invaded (Goldfish Club). AWMM
    • A more comprehensive account of his ditching, and survival is contained in the reference. Public - Stoney - Researcher - 6 September 2022 - Operation Goodtime and the Battle of the Treasury Islands, 1943, by Reg Newell
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 2009 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamilton Park Cemetery 395 Morrinsville Road Newstead Hamilton New Zealand AWMM RSAB-A-125 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 October 2009 AWMM
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  • External links
    Report on the incident: Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 19 September 2022 -
  • References
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
    • Reg Newell; Operation Goodtime and the Battle of the Treasury Islands, 1943 Public - Stoney - Researcher - 6 September 2022 - Book


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
19 September 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
06 September 2022StoneyTuakauResearcher

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