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Douglas Errol Nelson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Errol AWMM
  • Surname
    Nelson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 405502 AWMM
    • Malaya 76940 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

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

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  • Enlisted in the Air Force in December 1940 as an Air Gunner under training in Levin with the Gilder Training School. Embarked for Canada in 30 January 1941 and attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force, 16th February 1941. Became a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant in 4th August 1941. Attached to the Royal Air Force and embarked for the UK on the 20th August 1941. Re-enlisted on 16th April 1953, attached to Wigram 21st April to 3rd May 1954, Hobsonville 8th Jun 1955, Short Service Commission and Whenuapai Trainee Strength for officers course 12th October 1955, Hobsonville 8th December 1955, Whenuapai as Wing Signals Leader Janurary 1956, to Singapore and 41 Squadron (Bristol Freighter) November 1956. Killed in a Bristol Freighter crash.

    Son of Mr & Mrs Frank Nelson, husband of Rene Olwyn Nelson (nee Murray) and father of 1 son and 2 daughters. AWMM
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  • Death
    10 December 1956 AWMM
    Age 40 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Cheras Road Civil Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia AWMM
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  • External links
    The New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
      Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, UK. OUP. 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
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.366 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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