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Douglas Gordon Martyn

Sergeant D. G. Martyn, of Waihi, missing on a flight in New Zealand. Image kindly provided by Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19421216-22-44.

Sergeant D. G. Martyn, of Waihi, missing on a flight in New Zealand. Image kindly provided by Auckla …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Martyn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413271 AWMM
    • WWII 413271 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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Service

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    • WWII 413271 AWMM
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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Douglas Martyn was the son of Lindsay Gordon and Emily Murray Martyn (nee Morrice) of Waihi, New Zealand. AWMM
    • 23 October 1942 - An aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, engaged in a coastal training flight failed to return to the base [New Plymouth]. A search was immediately instituted without success. The occupants of the plane were:
      Pilot-Officer Rodney George DANDY, 33 years - Mrs R G Dandy, Wellington (wife).
      Sergeant Douglas Gordon MARTYN, 23 years - Mrs E M Martyn, Waihi (mother).
      Sergeant Graham MacLeod MARTIN, 27 years - Mrs G M Martin, Christchurch (wife).
      Sergeant Edward Reid DODSON, 27 years - Mrs V L Dodson, Nelson (wife). New Zealand Herald, Volume 79, Issue 24414, 26 October 1942, Page 2 Reference : 'New Zealand Disasters & Tragedies Miscellaneous Accidents & Other Incidents of Interest' : New Zealand website
      From an article on Taranaki hunter Errol Clince.

      Clince is most well-known for the discovery of an RNZAF Airspeed Oxford twin engine bomber-training aircraft wreckage on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. The aircraft, an Oxford I, NZ277/P2030 with Pilot Officer Rodney Dandy and crew Sgt Douglas Martyn, Sgt Graham Martin and Sgt Edward Dodson, departed Bell Block Airfield, New Plymouth on 23 October 1942 on a training mission.[5] It is assumed that due to heavy cloud, the crew made navigational errors which resulted in a crash at 4,000 feet.[6] No crew members survived. The RNZAF and local authorities discontinued searches for the aircraft after three months. 32 years later on 15 January 1974 Clince discovered the crash site. Assuming it was already documented, Clince messed around with the wreckage including tampering with the controls and .303 machine gun. He was alerted to the presence of human remains by his dog who had recovered a bone. He then made a hasty retreat down the mountain to inform the Police. He returned shortly after with a party of Police, NZRAF and media.[5] His diary noted:
      Hunted Mangorei Stream, got 10 goats. Got a ride in a Cortina 2000 Automatic. Found old bomber below Mangorei Hut somewhere. There were a lot of 303 bullet shells, a machinegun and an old parachute still not undone ... I also found the bone of a human then I buggered off from there fast.[5] : - Article on Taranaki hunter Errol Clince : www.stuff.co.nz Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 12 July 2020 - Credits as noted above.
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Death

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  • Death
    23 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
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    Waihi Public Cemetery, Hauraki District, New Zealand AWMM Services' Area. Plot 226. AWMM
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    • Auckland Provincial Memorial, Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Waihi RSA, 71 Seddon Avenue, Waihi 3610 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I lay a Poppy in memoriam of a brave airman who served, died and carried the MARTYN name. You will be honoured and remembered always. Rest In Peace … Ian D. Martyn
    Public - Ian - 16 October 2015
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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2920579
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    • 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
    • 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

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20 July 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher
16 October 2015IanNelsonOther

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