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Terence Barnes Pepper

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Terence Barnes AWMM
  • Surname
    Pepper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ405318 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 October 1920 AWMM WaipawaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr S.C. Pepper (father), Chambers Street, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Pilot training (Levin, Whenuapai and UK) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 December 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Government clerk/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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  • Terence Pepper was the son of Sydney Charles and Kathleen Helen Pepper, of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Sister of Lorna and Noreen.

    Five sons, served in WW2 and Jayforce. Two sons were killed, Terence Barnes Pepper (NZ 405318) and and Douglas Reid Pepper (NZ425591), killed off the coast of France, three, Richard Lindsay Pepper (635329), Brian Sydney Carlyon Pepper and Nolan Pepper (657063), survived.

    Terence Pepper obtained his primary education at Pukehou Public Primary School and his secondary at Te Aute College, both schools being situated in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. At the time of applying for enlistment in aircrew on the 25 November 1939, he was employed in the Social Security Department at Wellington.

    Flight Sergeant Pepper was enlisted at the Initial Training Wing at Levin and proceeded to No.4 Elementary Flying Training School at Whenuapai. He completed the Pilot Wing's course at Wigram with the No.1 Service Flying Training School before embarking for the United Kingdom on 22 July 1941. He furthered his aircrew training at Bournemouth and Sutton Bridge and was finally assigned to 253 Squadron at Hebaldstow, Lincolnshire.

    With 253 Sqaudron he was a pilot of Hurricane fighter aircraft, taking part in eleven operational flights, mostly dusk and dawn patrols, convoy patrols, and night fighter interception flights.

    Flight Sergeant Pepper was the pilot of a Hurricane aircraft when engaged while on night fighter patrol on the night of the 12 August 1942. The aircraft failed to return to it's base, and Flight Sergeant Pepper was classified as missing. In due course his death was officially presumed to have occured on the 12th August 1942.

    This account is based on biographical information supplied by R L Pepper to the Armoury Manager, February 1999. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Weekly News; 8 December 1942

    Air Force Casualties: NZ Herald; 26 September 1942 (missing on operations) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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  • Flight Sgt. Terence Barnes Pepper is remembered here in Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire where he was stationed with 253 Squadron when he lost his life.
    Public - Par - Researcher - 26 August 2021
  • A very early Moari fighter pilot from WW2. His brother Douglas also initially trained as a pilot in NZ, went to Canada for advanced training and suffered a sports injury, precluding him from becoming a pilot. He subsequently undertook training in Canada as an Observer/Navigator. Two brave men.
    Public - John - Researcher - 24 February 2019



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26 August 2021ParHibaldstow, LincolnshireResearcher
12 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 February 2019JohnChristchurchResearcher

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