George King AWMM
Also known as
- WWII NZ402563 AWMM
- WWII 402563 AWMM
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In 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen undertook a project in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery photographing all the headstones of New Zealanders buried there.
Flt Sgt Samson had served in the NZ Artillery as a Territorial soldier for 2 ½ years prior to the war. He joined the RNZAF on 10 July 1940 and began as an aircraft hand at Blenheim with No 2 Flying Training School.
He remustered for pilot training in September of that year in the Initial Training Wing [ground training in aircraft subjects] then No3 Elementary Flying Training School for the flying phase but that was terminated in January 1941.He then began training as an Air Observer [now known as a Navigator] and embarked for Canada on 27 February 1941 where he was attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force [under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan]. After attending No6 Air Observer School, he was awarded the Air Observers badge [aircrew brevet] and promoted to Sergeant then embarked for the UK in September for service with the Royal Air Force [as were all RNZAF personnel]. He attended No11 Operational Training Unit on Stirling aircraft but did not complete the training at that time, probably due to illness, but later completed this at No1657 Heavy Conversion Unit and was posted to No75[NZ] Squadron. Beginning operations in September 1942, only a few months later his aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission over Frankfurt and subsequently ditched [crash landed in the sea]. Fortunately they were rescued uninjured, by an Air Sea Rescue Walrus flying boat. On 23 June 1943 he was killed on air operations during a raid on Mulheim, shot down by flak and crashing in Gelsenkirchen. Source: Errol Martyn, 'For Your Tomorrow', Vol. 2, p.111, and Vol.3, p.425. AWMM
23 June 1943 AWMM
Age 27 AWMM
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Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany AWMM 19 G AWMM
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- Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
- This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
- Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
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