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Cornelius James Sheddan

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Group, WW2, RNZAF, 7 pilots from 486 Squadron standing with a tempest in winter. Image from Lee Melles collection. Caption from Sortehaug., P. (1998). p.196. Left to right: Cornelius James (Jim) Sheddan, William Alan Liddell (Bill) Trott, Brian John O' Connor, Arthur Ernest (Spike) Umbers, John Edward (Johnny) Wood, Colin James McDonald and William Lister (Dusty) Miller - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, RNZAF, 7 pilots from 486 Squadron standing with a tempest in winter. Image from Lee Mell …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cornelius James AWMM
  • Surname
    Sheddan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • Cornelious AWMM
    • Cornelieus AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ412358 AWMM
    • 133285 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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Service

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Apr 1941 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Seriously injured 5 July 1944 AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Angus James Sheddan and of Margaret Sheddan (nee McKee), of Waimate, Canterbury.

    Husband of Joan (nee Bex); father of Dave, Peter

    Brothers Alexander Bernard (NZ416210) and Cornelius (NZ412358) served with the RNZAF during WW2

    Squadron Leader Sheddan was a fighter ace credited with the destruction of 5 1/3 German aircraft and 7 1/2 V-1 flying bombs.

    In 1945 he was promoted to OC (Officer Commanding) 486 Squadron.

    He was also a member of the 'Goldfish Club".

    Named spelled variously Cornelious in Hanson; Cornelieus in Sortehaug. The Goldfish Club is an Association formed during WW2. Membership is open to airmen who have parachuted into the sea or whose aircraft has ditched into the water and who owe their lives to a life jacket or inflatable dinghy etc AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    9 December 2010 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
    Red BeachAuckland Province AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary, Dominion Post, 18 December 2010

    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 11 December 2010 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Jim Sheddan was a cousin of my mother, Doreen Byrnes (nee McKee) of Waimate and I want to acknowledge his loss and sacrifice.
    Public - Anne - Other relative - 26 April 2020
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Sources

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  • External links
    The Goldfish Club (UK).
    http://www.thegoldfishclub.co.uk/
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Sortehaug, P. (1998). The wild winds : the history of number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF5. Dunedin, N.Z.: Author. 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.435 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 3, p.601, ref.98 AWMM
    • Sortehaug, P. (1998). The wild winds : the history of number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF5. Dunedin, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Obituary, 18 December 2010 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 11 December 2010 AWMM

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30 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
26 April 2020AnneAuckland, New ZealandOther relative

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