William Arthur AWMM
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Vietnam 81179 AWMM
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From Central Hawkes Bay and attended Elsthorpe Primary then Hastings High School.
First Maori helicopter pilot in the RNZAF.
Posted to Vietnam, killed in an aircraft accident whilst training with the RAAF in Australia.
Flight Lieutenant W. A. Waterhouse, the RNZAF's only Maori helicopter pilot, was killed when his helicopter crashed near Canberra, Australia, in January. He was on his way to South Vietnam, one of four New Zealand pilots chosen to serve for 12 months with the RAAF.
Flight Lieutenant Waterhouse was born in Hastings and educated at Hastings Boys' High School. He learnt to fly as a civilian with the Hawke's Bay and East Coast Aero Club, and joined the RNZAF in 1963, serving with No. 5 Squadron in Sunderland flying boats. In 1967 he joined No. 3 Squadron for helicopter training, and was serving with the helicopter support flight at Hobsonville when selected to go to South Vietnam. He was 25 years old. - Te Ao Hou - No.67 (July 1969) AWMM
29 January 1969 AWMM
Age 25 AWMM
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Hastings Cemetery, Orchard Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM RSA Plot D23 AWMM
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William Arthur Waterhouse
my great regret is that i never got to know him
Public - ian - Other relative - 19 April 2020
My dear friend, the loveliest man. Always loved, never forgotten.
Public - Christine - Friend - 16 September 2018
A courageous man - you will always remain in our hearts
Public - Hayley - Other relative - 31 May 2017
|19 April 2020||ian||waiuku new zealand||Other relative||
|16 September 2018||Christine||Brighton, South Australia||Friend||
|31 May 2017||Hayley||Nw Zealand||Other relative||
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