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Michael James Herrick

Portrait from The Weekly News; 6 September 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 6 September 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael James AWMM
  • Surname
    Herrick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    33566 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
    • Mr Edward Jasper Herrick (father), Lindisfarne, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. E. S. Herrick, Landesfarne, Hastings AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. E. J. Herrick of Hastings 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
    • Avro Tutors AWMM
    • Airspeed Oxfords AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 27 April 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM AWMM
  • 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
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Michael Herrick was the son of Edward Jasper Herrick and Ethne Rose Herrick, of Hastings, Hawke's Bay.

    Pilot Officer 7 March 1940

    Flying Officer 4 March 1941

    Flight Lieutenant 7 March 1942

    Herrick joined 302 Squadron at Lasham, as 'B' Flight Commander. A Polish fighter-bomber unit equipped with Mosquitos.

    On June 16 Herrick took off on his first operation into enemy territory during the day. He flew in company with Wing Commander J.R.D. Braham. They split at the Jutland Coast and Herrick went towards Aalborg airfield. He was intercepted and shot down by Lt. Spreckels of JG 1. Herrick and his navigator, Flying Officer Turski, baled out but were too low. Herrick fell into the sea. A German search for his body was unsuccessful, but it was washed up on July 4 and buried two days later. Nine days later Spreckels shot down Braham, who was captured. (Wynn, K.G. 'Men of the Battle of Britain'

    Six brothers served in WW2. Three lost their lives Michael James Herrick (33566) and Brian Henry Herrick (42003), Dennis Trevelyan (NZ40974); Terry and Larry served in the Royal Navy. Jasper the eldest brother joined the Army in New Zealand but was refused permission to go overseas by the authorities.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940. Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    Attended Wanganui Collegiate School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 June 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    JutlandDenmark AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark AWMM Allied Plot. grave 66. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1989). Men of the Battle of Britain. Norwich, England: Gliddon Books. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
      Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 197-202 AWMM
    • The parting of the ways : a souvenir record of the triumphs, tribulations and maritime musings of returning draft H.M.N.Z.T No. 217, 'Zealandic'. January 18th, 1919 to February 26th, 1919. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - 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 Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - List of New Zealand Fighter aces with their Scores (Unofficial) December 1944. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845799). AWMM


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