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Ernest Henry Behrent

Portrait from the Weekly News; 12 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from the Weekly News; 12 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Behrent AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ416079 AWMM
    • WWII 416079 AWMM
    • WWII 416079 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 May 1920 AWMM Te ArohaWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Herd Tester Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 22 September 2020 - research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs H. Wing, Ohaupo, (aunt), New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 September 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ416079 AWMM
    • WWII 416079 AWMM
    • WWII 416079 AWMM
  • Military service
    Cadets - 2 years AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Ground Training School, Levin AWMM
    • No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School, Whenuapai AWMM
    • No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School, New Plymouth AWMM
    • No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School, Woodbourne AWMM
    • No. 1 Flying Training School, Wigram AWMM
    • No. 12 Advanced Flying Unit, Grantham, Lincolnshire AWMM
    • No. 51 Operational Training Unit, Cranfield AWMM
    • No. 54 Operational Training Unit, Charter Hall AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Dec 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Herd Tester/Civilian 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Medium AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ernest Behrent was the son of Henry Ernest and Elizabeth Behrent.

    Parents separated when he was about 4 or 5 years old, and after a short period living with his grandmother, was brought up by his aunt and uncle Mr & Mrs T. Wing at their Ngahinapouri farm.

    Educated at Hamilton Technical High School.

    Awarded his Flying Badge in June 1942

    Sergeant : September 1942

    Flight Sergeant : 1 June 1943

    Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
03 September 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
22 September 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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