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Albert Douglas Wood

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Portrait (Otahuhu College Archives) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (Otahuhu College Archives) - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Albert Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Wood AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ401819 AWMM
    • WWII 401819 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 June 1916 AWMM OtāhuhuAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Violet May Wood (mother), 257 Awaroa Road, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 September 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 2 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Railways Employee/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Norman Cecil and Violet May Wood, of Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Albert Wood received his secondary education at Otahuhu Technical High School. He was a keen sportsman, playing tennis and football, and participated in shooting, running and swimming. On finishing school he was employed by the New Zealand Railways before enlisting in November 1939 for service with the RNZAF.

    Sergeant Wood enlisted in aircrew on 2 July 1940 at the Ground Training School, Levin and was posted on 29 July to No. 1 Air Observers' School, Ohakea. He was awarded his flying badge as an air gunner and promoted to Sergeant on 23 August 1940.

    On route to England on board Tamaroa he called at Pitcairn Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    He arrived at Royal Air Force Depot, Uxbridge, Middlesex on 3 November 1940 and was posted to No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School Evanton, Ross shire, Scotland on 15 November. On 28 December he proceeded to the School of Army Co-operation, Old Sarum, Wiltshire.

    He was posted on 10 January 1941 to 256 Squadron, Squires Gate, Lancashire. With this Squadron as Air Gunner in a Defiant Nightfighter aircraft he took part in three armed reconnaissance flights.

    Sergeant Wood was Gunner of a Defiant Nightfighter which crashed shortly after take off from Squires Gate on the night of 7/8 April 1941 just outside the aerodrome. He died in the crash and is buried in the Park Cemetery. In all he served 72 hours as Aircrew. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    8 April 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Lytham-Saint AnnesLancashire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Lytham St Anne's (Park) Cemetery, Lancashire, England AWMM Sec. D. Nonconformist. Grave 723. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Kaipara Memorial RSA, 49 Commercial Road, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2412658
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM

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