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Bruce James Hosie

Portrait provided by Christopher Brooks - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait provided by Christopher Brooks - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce James AWMM
  • Surname
    Hosie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ412882 AWMM
    • WWII 412882 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 April 1923 RNZAF Biographies (R17845611) HaweraTaranaki RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr W. Hosie (father), Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mr. s R. Hosie. Manaia, Taranaki. AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed whilst a Prisoner of War AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Walter & Rachel HOSIE, of Manaia, Taranaki

    He flew over 60 sorties and flew with 75 Squadron and 617 (Dam Busters) Squadron, including the operation with 617 Squadron in the September 1944 attack on the Tirpitz.

    The bomber he was a crew member of was shot down after attacking the Kembs Dam, Rhine River, Germany. Four of the crew, including Hosie, survived the crash but were then taken back to the river Rhine and shot while POW.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty Lists published in the newspapers.

    Attended Hawera High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 October 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    RheinweilerGermany AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France AWMM 4. B. 8. AWMM
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    Public - alex - Researcher - 9 November 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Star AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Missing - United Kingdom, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845745) AWMM
    • Nichol, J. After the Flood p223
      A history of the 617 Squadron operations after the 'dam busters' rai Public - Stoney - Researcher - 1 September 2018 - As above


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09 November 2018alexBasel SwitzerlandResearcher
25 September 2018KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
01 September 2018StoneyTuakau NZResearcher

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