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Frederic William Raukawa Cumpsty

Headstone, Reichswald Forest Cemetery, 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Reichswald Forest Cemetery, 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen - This image may be …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederic William Raukawa AWMM
  • Surname
    Cumpsty AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ413386 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 June 1918 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) OtakiWellington Region RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. C. E. C. Cumpsty of Pipiwai, North Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1943 Operation Remscheid (1943) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ413386 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Charles Edwin and Mary Cumpsty of Greytown, Wellington

    In 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen undertook a project in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery photographing all the headstones of New Zealanders buried there.

    Attended Gisborne and Whangarei High Schools (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    31 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Krefeld-UerdingenGermany AWMM
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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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  • The Cumpsty whānau lived in Rangitukia for roughly 12 years, where Mr and Mrs Cumpsty were teachers. Buster became firm friends with the Rickard family and used to spend most of his time with them, eventually living with them. He had a twin sister called Joan. When he was killed, during the war, a son was born to Victor Rickard was named after him.
    Public - James - Friend - 9 July 2017
  • I am researching a distant relative who was in the same aircrew as "Buster". This is the "Thomas Crew" whose aircraft Stirling BF 458 was brought down to the north of Krefeld, near Bochum and Uerdingen. My relative was Hector "Paddy" Stewart, Navigator of the "Thomas Crew" he survived and was a PoW at Stalag Luft 3 and emigrated to Canada post war. Pilot was Alf Thomas, KIA, Panel 133 Runnymede Memorial. Rear Gunner, Canadian Ernest Henry, KIA. Panel 180 Runnymede Memorial. Son of Ernest Frank and Anne Henry; husband of Helen Margaret Henry, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Mid Upper Gunner, John O’Farrell, aged 19. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Flight Engineer, John Gale. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Wireless Operator. Sgt. R. H. Boxell , Prisoner of War. It is very difficult to find information about these brave young men but t
    Public - anne - Researcher - 25 February 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
    • 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) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - 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
    • 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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02 October 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
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