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Willie Lee

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  L_006. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel L_006. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Willie AWMM
  • Surname
    Lee AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ416123 AWMM
    • WWII 416123 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 January 1914 AWMM DannevirkeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Wong Lee (mother), 386 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. Wong See of Auckalnd AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ416123 AWMM
    • WWII 416123 AWMM
  • Military service
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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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Pilot Officer Lee was educated at Pui Ching Middle School, Canton. He attended night school and studied mathematics for two years and then attended the Central Military Airforce School at Hangchow where he completed 100 hours flying.

    In 1938 he returned to New Zealand and enlisted in 1940. Between his return and joining the airforce he worked for Stanley Chan, a fruit grower in Auckland.

    His first base was at the Initial Training Wing at Levin where he went on 9 November 1941 and trained on Harvard aircraft.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    Of Chinese descent.

    Attended Pui Ching Middle School, Canton (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 November 1942 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Oswestry General Cemetery, Shropshire, England AWMM Sec. T. Grave 10. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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