Māori › Albert Douglas Wood Born 26 June 1916 - Died 8 April 1941 PDF Key details Service numberNZ401819 AWMM WWII 401819 AWMM Also known as Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Last rankSergeant AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 256 Squadron, RAF AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Portrait (Otahuhu College Archives) - This image may be subject to copyright View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesAlbert Douglas AWMM SurnameWood AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberNZ401819 AWMM WWII 401819 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of England, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth26 June 1916 AWMM Otāhuhu, Auckland AWMM Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkationMrs Violet May Wood (mother), 257 Awaroa Road, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 14 September 1940 AWMM Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignEurope (Air) AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ401819 AWMM WWII 401819 AWMM Military serviceNo. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School, Evanton, Scotland AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-1945 Star AWMM Defence Medal AWMM War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW2 2 July 1940 AWMM Age 24 AWMM Railways Employee/Civilian AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Tamaroa AWMM Sergeant AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM Accidental death on active service AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankSergeant AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 256 Squadron, RAF AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Death8 April 1941 AWMM Age 24 AWMM Lytham-Saint Annes, Lancashire AWMM Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Death notes CemeteryLytham 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 Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Kaipara Memorial RSA, 49 Commercial Road, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Albert Douglas Wood by laying a poppy. Albert Wood Albert Arthur Wood Albert Douglas Wood Albert Edward Wood Albert Edward Sidney Wood Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Albert Douglas Wood Leave a note Contribute › Processing Related objects Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 Library / Pictorial › manuscripts and archives MS-1993-139 Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission record https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2412658 Sources Used DocumentsInformation kindly provided by family AWMM Correspondence with family AWMM Information kindly provided by family AWMM Cenotaph data entry form AWMM Martyn, E. 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