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Peter John Oswald Buck

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter John Oswald AWMM
  • Surname
    Buck AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413377 AWMM
    • 132583 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 November 1923 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N. Buck (mother), Flat 3, College Buildings, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      [ DFC. Supplement to the London Gazette, 25 May 1943 p. 2320] AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • “One night in April 1943 P/O.’s Buck (RNZAF) and Symons (RCAF) were Pilot and Navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. Whilst over the target area, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained much damage. The Rear Gunner was mortally wounded, while P/O. Symons was wounded in the hand. P/O. Buck succeeded in evading the attacker and set course for base. On the return flight the damaged bomber became difficult to control and when one of the engines failed, the aircraft began to lose height. All moveable equipment was jettisoned and, height being maintained, P/O. Buck flew the aircraft back to base where he effected a perfect crash-landing. During the return flight, P/O. Symons, in spite of his injury, did all within his power to help his pilot, obtaining a number of fixes which proved of great assistance. In a most difficult situation these officers displayed courage. skill and determination of a high order”. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 22 July 2017 -

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Reported slightly injured December 1942 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
    • Taking off at 00:15 hrs with some eight others from the squadron to join a total force of 561 aircraft to bomb Duisburg. 17 aircraft from the raid failed to return. The Bomber stream were attacked both on en route to the target and during the homeward bound of the trips.

      BF517 was attacked by one of the many night-fighters. During such an attack, the rear gunner, Sgt. Brian Rogers was mortally wounded and two other crew members suffered minor injuries, when their Stirling was attacked 30 miles north of the target of Duisburg.

      The pilot P/O. Peter Buck, managed to evade further attacks but had difficulty in maintaining altitude. Other crew members jettisoned all movable equipment on the flight home, a crash-landing being made at Newmarket without further serious injuries at 04:15 hrs. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 22 July 2017 -
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About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1992 AWMM
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  • Thank you Grandpa for all you did as a Teenager. Your heroism will be remember this Saturday.
    Public - Penelope - Other Relative - 23 April 2015
  • Grandpa went on to fly for NAC and Air New Zealand.
    Public - Nathan Howard - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post 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
    • Mitchell, A.W. (1945). New Zealanders in the Air War. London, England: Harrap. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). vol. 3 p. 598 [ref. 79]. AWMM
    • Mitchell, A.W. (1945). New Zealanders in the Air War. London, England: Harrap. AWMM
      Mitchell, A. (1945), p. 43-4. 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
      Hanson, C. (2001), p. 104. AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vol. 2, pp. 71-72). 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
    • 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 July 2017KelvinGreat Yarmouth, Norfolk, EnglandResearcher
23 April 2015PenelopeSydneyOther Relative
22 April 2015Nathan HowardNew ZealandOther Relative

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