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Norman Bradford Bluck

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Norman Bradford AWMM
  • Surname
    Bluck AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ40364 AWMM
    • WWII 40364 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 October 1920 Martyn OtorohangaWaikato Martyn
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs W. B. Bluck, Victoria Road, Papatoetoe 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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    • Pilot AWMM
    • Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 26 January 1940 Martyn Farmer/Civilian Martyn
  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Walter Bradford Bluck and of Eileen Maud Bluck (nee Atchison), of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.

      At the time of his death, Bluck was flying in Bomber Command.

      Attended Otorohanga School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
    • Norman Bradford BLUCK was a Pilot Officer and flew a Stirling bomber AA-K with 75 (NZ) Squadron. The aircraft had the personal number EH-902 and was lost on 24th June, 1943. The crew was composed of three New Zealanders-in addition to Bluck the navigator was James Brett COOKSEY of Dargaville NZ/416460, Geoffrey Walter Strong NZ/413905 of Christchurch. The other members of the crew were the tail gunner Sgt. Douglas Armitage 1434609 RAFVR; Flight Engineer Sgt. John William GILLARD 938834 RAFVR; Air Gunner & Wireless Operator Sgt. Michael Kendlan 1072258 RAFVR ; Air Gunner Sgt. Lesley Ronald CANT 1397680 RAFVR.
      The aircraft was based at Newmarket, a former racecourse and took off for a target of Wuppental in the Ruhr-probably a ball-bearing factory was the target.
      Norman BLUCK was trained in New Zealand and sent straight to the UK with a group of pilots. In the mid Atlantic their ship the MV Waiwera was torpedoed and they spent four days in stormy conditions in lifeboats before being rescued by a Norwegian freighter and landed in New York. I have a personal account by the Captain of the Waiwera as to the circumstances of the sinking. Norman's relations have his log book which I have copied. The Stirling was almost certainly shot down by ground flak and all the bodies were washed up on the Dutch Coast and are buried there. I
      I have more detailed information and I am currently trying to find out more about James Brett Cooksey but have so far (March 2015)been unable to find any living relatives. Public - Roger William - Researcher - 20 March 2015 - Many sources- His personal log book, contact with the nephew of Douglas Armitage. Person records of the Strong family. The war record personal files held at Defence HQ for both Geoffrey Walter STRONG and Norman Bradford BLUCK. Details from various reseachers on the fate of MV Waiwera etc. Papers Past. The 75 (NZ) Squadron on line.
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About death

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  • Death
    24 June 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Vlissingen Northern Cemetery, Flushing, Zeeland, Netherlands AWMM Row F. Grave 12. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • we are family of seargeanty kendlan who flew on this mission and was killed we were trying to find out about his death
    Public - les - 17 August 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) 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 - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
03 December 2022AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
15 December 2018JurgenBerghem/ NetherlandsOther
17 August 2015lesminchinburyOther
20 March 2015Roger WilliamMangatarata R.D.6 Thames 3576Researcher

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