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James Henry Leslie Allen

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Henry Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Allen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 39957 AWMM
    • WWII NZ39957 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 November 1914 AWMM RemueraAuckland AWMM
    Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Mr L. Holt (uncle), Liverpool, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Friend: Mr Julian Holt of Liverpool, England AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Disciplinary course at the RAF Depot, Uxbridge as an Acting Pilot Officer, 1937. AWMM
    • Posted to No 10 Flying Training School at Dumfries, Scotland and obtained his wings in December 1937. AWMM
    • Advanced training in the 'senior' term equipped him for Fighter Command and flying single-seater Hawker Fury, 1938. AWMM
    • Pilot of the Hawker Hurricane at time of death. AWMM
    • Cadet RNR, HMS Conway May 1931 to Aug 1933 Public - alfie - Researcher - 5 October 2015 - HMS Conway Cadet Registers, Merseyside maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1937 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Merchant Seaman/Military AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations believed drowned AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Allen was the son of James Leslie Allen, a sheep farmer, and his wife, Katherine Paretio Allen. Katherine was born in Raukorkore, Bay of Plenty.

      Orphaned at an early age Allen's paternal aunt, Mrs Frances (Fanny) Edwards became his guardian in 1918. His mother died first and his father was a victim of the influenza epidemic.

      Educated at Huntly School, Marton and in October 1926 he moved to Napier Boys' High School as a boarder

      His career at sea began with his training on the HMS 'Conway'. In August 1933 he joined the Blue Funnel Line. He successfully took the examination for 2nd Mate's ticket in 1936 after which he left to join the Royal Air Force.

      Allen's training at Hatfield and Dumfries was followed by a posting to the School of Naval Co-operation where he was on flying duties until February 1939 when he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald.

      After the outbreak of war he was engaged on routine patrol duties. In May to June 1940 he was posted to France to 87 Squadron. On returning to North Weald he was engaged in patrols over the Thames Estuary and on convoy protection duties.

      Lost his life in the Battle of Britain

      The Battle of Britain began on 10 July 1940. Hitler had triumphed in Europe and Britain braced itself to withstand the German attack.During the summer and autumn of 1940 Fighter Command engaged in a series of bitter air battles in defence of the British Isles.Continuous reconnaissance patrols were flown over the North Sea and the Channel ports by the coastal aircraft and as the invasion flotillas were seen assembling in the harbours and canals they were heavily attacked by the bombers.Altogether in the fighter battles, the bombing raids and the various patrols flown between 10 July and 31 October 1940 by the Royal Air Force 1495 aircrew were killed.Among those killed were forty-seven New Zealanders, including 15 fighter pilots, 24 bomber and eight coastal aircrew.These details of the Battle of Britain are taken from H.L. Thompson, New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force, Vol. 1, pp 70-1. The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
    • Allen, John Henry Leslie Flying Officer NZ 151 Squadron : MIA (Missing In Action) 12 July 1940 Hurricane P3275 hit by return fire from a Dornier Do 17 while protecting Allied convoy off Orfordness. Ditched in the sea. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 1 September 2020 - Reference : "List of RAF air crew in Battle of Britain" (Internet source)
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About death

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  • Death
    12 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    North Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, K. (1989). Men of the Battle of Britain. Norwich, England: Gliddon Books. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p.1-3 includes portrait AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Finn Scrapbook , No. 100, p.33 (AWMM Library) AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - Battle of Britain Roll of Honour, July - October 1940. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADQA 17263 AIR118/109/77e (R17845784) 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 Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM


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17 March 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
01 September 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher
09 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
05 October 2015alfieBradford on Avon, UKResearcher

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