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Colin Campbell Aitken

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Campbell AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413006 AWMM
    • WWII 413006 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 January 1922 Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow' GreenockScotland Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow'
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Colin Campbell Aitken and of Charlotte Aitken (nee Houston), of Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotl Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 June 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXX, ISSUE 21048, 20 MARCH 1943, PAGE 4
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs C. C. Aitken, 478 Ormond Road, Gisborne AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Single/WWII AWMM
    • Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXX, ISSUE 21048, 20 MARCH 1943, PAGE 4


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
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Colin Aitken was the son of Colin Campbell Aitken and of Charlotte Aitken (nee Houston) of Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Attended Gisborne Boys' High School. Served in 243 (Spitfire) Squadron, RAF.

    Killed in air operations 1 March 1943. Source: Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow', p.59.

    Attended Mangapa School & Gisborne High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 March 1943 Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow'
    Age 21 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow'
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM 10 D 4 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Sergeant-Pilot Colin Campbell; Aitken, killed by enemy action, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Aitken. He was born in Greenock,. Scotland, and came to New Zealand 18 years ago at the early age of three. He commenced his education at the Mangapapa School and the Gisborne High School, where he matriculated. While at the High School he was prominent in all sports, being in the first eleven cricket team and in the school hockey team. he was fond of the outdoor life, and on one occasion he and five other companions of his schooldays went on a bicycle tour to Dunedin, returning via Wanganui. Leaving school, he joined the staff of the Government Life Insurance Department at Gisborne, and was there when he volunteered for the R'.N.Z.A.F. in 1941. He received his wings in Canada and then proceeded to England to complete his training as a fighter pilot, afterwards being attached to a Spitfire squadron.. . His only brother, Mr. Andrew Houston Campbell Aitken, is serving in the R.N.Z.A.F. in New Zealand, Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXX, ISSUE 21048, 20 MARCH 1943, PAGE 4
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    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • RIP "Snowy" Aitkin, your sacrifice has not, and will not, be forgotten.
    Public - Ian Robert - Other relative - 13 January 2016



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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.59 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - 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. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
25 March 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
13 January 2016Ian RobertAustraliaOther relative

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