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Ivan Sidney Henry Palmer

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

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


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivan Sidney Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Palmer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    AUS403783 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    AUS403783 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Ivan Palmer was the son of Henry Boys Hartly Palmer and Agnes Alice Palmer. He was the husband of Monica Betty Palmer of Epsom, Auckland.

    Ivan Palmer attended King's College (Parnell House from 1926-1929). He was from Levuka, Fiji. He was a newspaper reporter with the New Zealand Herald until 1936 when he left to crew on the ketch Idle Hour owned by an American, Dwight Long. He then went to Australia and joined the staff of the Sydney Sun.

    He joined the Australian Air Force and went to Canada to complete his training under the Empire Air Training Scheme. He was posted to an operational squadron in Britain and transferred to the Middle East. He was a Beaufighter pilot in the defence of Malta. In his first fortnight of flying from the island of Malta he shot down three enemy aircraft.

    On a sweep west of Malta aboard Beaufighter VIC EL 458, with nine other Beaufighters and four Spitfires, they carried out attacks on enemy transport aircraft and shipping west of Malta. With one of the Beaufighters damaged a flying boat at sea level, but on return to Malta on fire, crash landed NW of Qrendi after an engine cut. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 January 1943 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    MaltaMediterranean Sea AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta AWMM Prot. Sec. Plot E. Coll. Grave 5 AWMM
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