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Brian Henry Herrick

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Brian Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Herrick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    42003 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 February 1915 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
    Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Edward Jasper Herrick (father), Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. R. Herrick, "Landisfarne", Hastings AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. R. 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
    • 3E &RFTS, Hamble AWMM
    • 12 FTS, Grantham AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 6 March 1939 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Accountancy Student/Civilian 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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    • Son of Edward Jasper and Ethne Rose Herrick, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

      Acting Pilot Officer 29 April 1939

      Pilot Officer 6 November 1939

      Flying Officer 6 November 1940

      Educated at Wanganui Collegiate School from 1929-33.

      Went to London to study accountancy and later joined RAF on a short term commission.

      On November 1 1940, Herrick was posted to 272 Squadron. On the 24th he took off on a convoy escort flight. The plane was seen to stall. His body was not recovered

      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 College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
    • Reason for aircraft and crew loss.

      Taking off at 16.40 hours - from RAF Base at Aldergrove, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - on a Royal Navy convoy escort patrol. During the patrol Pilot Officer Herrick's Blenheim aircraft engaged in a practice dog-fight (aerial battle) with a Royal Navy Fulmer aircraft close to the Royal Navy Destroyer 'Vesper'.
      During the aerial manoeuvres, with the naval aircraft, Pilot Officer Herrick's Blenheim aircraft turned at low altitude, stalled and crashed into the sea. Despite rescue launches being on the scene within minutes no trace was found of Pilot Officer Herrick and his 2 fellow crew - Observer Sgt Percy R. Smith RAF 581477 (age 25) - and Air Gunner Sgt John G. Hair RAFVR 970690 (aged 28). Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 14 May 2019 - (England) : Profile of Pilot Officer Brian Henry Herrick.
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About death

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  • Death
    24 November 1940 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    North Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 195-196 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
    • 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


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21 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
14 May 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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