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William Arthur Waterhouse

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    William Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Waterhouse AWMM
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    Bill AWMM
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    Vietnam 81179 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
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Biographical information

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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.

    Bill Waterhouse
    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
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Death

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    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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  • 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

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19 April 2020ianwaiuku new zealandOther relative
16 September 2018ChristineBrighton, South AustraliaFriend
31 May 2017HayleyNw ZealandOther relative
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