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Charles Roy Bush

Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Roy AWMM
  • Surname
    Bush AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 42691 AWMM
    • WWII NZ2506 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 February 1918 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 June 1939 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      DFC awarded 30 September 1941 for destroying a BF109 on 22 August and chasing a HS126 on 18 September. "This Officer has carried out 48 operational sweeps over enemy territory and has destroyed at least three hostile aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Bush also took part in the air operations in France and later fought in the Battle of Britain. He has at all times displayed courage and keenness and has set an excellent example." Hanson, p. 109 AWMM
    • 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Aug 1939 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Insurance Clerk/Civilian AWMM
    New Zealand 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
    30 November 1948 AWMMAccidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Transferred to RNZAF March 1946

    Charles Bush's last post was a General Purpose Communications Flight based at Ohakea. He died when his aircraft crashed in the Ruahine Ranges.

    On the 30th November 1948, Flight Lieutenant Charles Bush, Navigator Henry Rennie, and Aircrafthand Robert Roper, they had carried out a photographic reconnaisance flight in the Gisborne area, they crew failed to return to Ohakea and was last seen flying in extremely turbulent air conditions east of the Ruahine Range near Norsewood.

    Searching for the lost aircraft, aircraft flew over 100 sorties over the next four days, a fifteen man police party on the morning of the 4th December discovered the NZ2127's fate.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 November 1948 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Ruahine RangeHawkes Bay 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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