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Donald Ferguson Muir

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Ferguson AWMM
  • Surname
    Muir AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    980442 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 September 1915 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Bruce and Agnes Mabel Muir, of Gisborne, Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 July 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr Bruce Muir (father), Herald Office, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. B. Muir. C/- Herald Office, Gisborne 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/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845613)
  • Enlistment
  • 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
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident testing an aeroplane AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Bruce and Agnes Mabel Muir, of Gisborne, New Zealand.

    Donald Muir attended King's College (St John's House) from 1930-1933.

    Two sons, brothers Donald Ferguson Muir (RAFVR 980442) and Colin Bruce (RNZAF NZ413459) were killed in WW2. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    6 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    EgyptNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Fayid War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM 1. E. 9. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    From the Air Ministry, London, came to-day the news that Sergeant Pilot Donald Ferguson Muir, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Muir. Rawiri street, had been killed as the result of an aircraft accident. Sergeant-Pilot Muir had been engaged latterly with a bomber squadron in the Middle East, & had taken part in a number of raids on enemy objectives in that area. Born in Gisborne and educated at the Gisborne Central and High Schools, and at King’s College, Auckland, he left Gisborne six years ago to join the Glover-West Company, a firm engaged in the manufacture and installation of gas-producing plants throughout the world. He represented his firm in Copenhagen, and also in Holland and Ireland, before the outbreak of the war, and joined the Royal Air Force early in 1940. After undergoing a course of training in Canada, Sergeant-Pilot Muir returned to the United Kingdom and was posted to a bomber squadron. He took part in a number of raids over Germany and over enemy-occupied territory, and in August was transferred with his squadron to Egypt, when he was engaged in raiding enemy objectives. Sergeant-Pilot Muir had two brothers in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, one being in training in Canada and the other in New Zealand. Before leaving New Zealand for the United Kingdom he was an enthusiastic oarsman, and was a popular member oi! the Gisborne Rowing Club. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 July 2023 - AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • The family also lost another son:
    P/O. Colin Bruce Muir NZ/413459 RNZAF
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 29 June 2022



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). vol. 1 p. 153, vol. 3 p. 359 AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ma - McW. Archives New Zealand (R17845613) - 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. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 July 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
29 June 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
24 March 2019SamHamiltonResearcher

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