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William Arthur Waterhouse

FLT LT Waterhouse plaque at Oeanbeyan Canberra ACT

FLT LT Waterhouse plaque

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Waterhouse AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 81179 AWMM
    • N81179 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    9 July 1963 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

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. RAAF UH1H main rotor blade separation.

    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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About death

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  • Death
    29 January 1969 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    CanberraACT AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hastings Cemetery, Orchard Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM RSA Plot D23 AWMM
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  • A great wings course buddy - full of personality - enormous fun - wicked sense of humour - practical joker - dedicated pilot and serviceman - what a sad sad loss
    Public - Richard John - Comrade - 29 January 2021
  • 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 January 2021Richard JohnWaharoa NZComrade
29 January 2021JohnPerth WAResearcher
19 April 2020ianwaiuku new zealandOther relative
16 September 2018ChristineBrighton, South AustraliaFriend
31 May 2017HayleyNw ZealandOther relative

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