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Arthur Patnell Pritchard

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Patnell AWMM
  • Surname
    Pritchard AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ391365 AWMM
    • WWII 391365 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 August 1920 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.L. Pritchard (mother), 77 Ingestire Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ391365 AWMM
    • WWII 391365 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Banker/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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arthur Pritchard was the son of Mr and Mrs A.J. Pritchard of Wanganui. He was educated at Wanganui Technical College where he passed matriculation and gained School Certificate. He furthered his studies by taking a commercial course at correspondence school. He was involved in rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics. Before applying for enrolment in the Civil Reserve in February 1939 he was employed in the Commercial Bank of Australia, Wanganui.

    He began his flying training at the Wanganui Aero Club and on the outbreak of war he immediately applied for service in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

    Enlisted for aircrew training on 20 November 1939 he was at the Ground Training School, Levin until he was posted to No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School, New Plymouth on 18 December 1939. On completion of this elementary training he was posted on 11 March 1940 to No. 2 Service Flying Training School, Blenheim and on 14 May 1940 received his flying badge. On 28 June 1940 he was commissioned as a pilot officer and on 12 July he left for England.

    On 26 August he arrived at RAF Depot, Uxbridge, Middlesex and was posted to No. 15 Operational Training Unit, Harwell, Berkshireon 7 September. He crewed up and received operational training on Wellington bomber aircraft before beimg posted to No. 99 Squadron, Newmarket, Suffolk on 12 November. He began operational flying. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 December 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beck Row (St John's) Churchyard, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England AWMM Row A, Grave 7 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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