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Ivan Alfred Mears

Portrait, detail from group photo Ronald Moore, 121578 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, detail from group photo Ronald Moore, 121578 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivan Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Mears AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ412392 AWMM
    • WWII 412392 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 June 1920 RNZAF Embarkation Roll (R17845762) RNZAF Embarkation Roll (R17845762)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A. Mears (mother), 41 Kauika Road, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ412392 AWMM
    • WWII 412392 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Koln, Germany AWMM
      29 June 1943 AWMM
      Bombing mission AWMM
    • WW2
      POW Camp 357 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 337 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr and Mrs A. Mears, Kauika Road, Whangarei. Husband of Win; brother of Terry, Barry.

    Attended Whangarei Convent School

    He was the wireless operator of a Stirling bomber taking part in a raid on Cologne, Germany, which was shot down by a night-fighter on the return journey. Mears baled out successfully but was captured. He was one of only two survivors. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 May 2010 Death notice
    Age 89 AWMM
    Death notice
  • 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, 4 May 2010 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • External links
    Roll of Honour. Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 35, 10 August 1943, Page 3
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). Vol. 3, p.600, ref. 96 AWMM
    • Lambert, M. (2005). Night after night: New Zealanders in Bomber Command. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins. AWMM
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM

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