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Eric Charles Hamblyn

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Hamblyn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ422705 AWMM
    • WWII 422705 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 July 1913 RNZAF Biographies (R17845611) PateaTaranaki RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs. E. N. Hamblyn of Patea AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. P. C. Hamblyn of Patea AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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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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  • At the time of his death Hamblyn was attached to Bomber Command.

    Son of Percy Cartwright and Harriet Hamblyn , husband of Esther Ngaine Hamblyn of Taranaki

    In October 1943 Robert and his crew (5 New Zealanders and 2 Englishmen) responded to a request for volunteers to search for a Flying Fortress which had come down in the North Sea the previous day. They left for this mission called Operation Air Sea Rescue in the Lancaster II DS721 KO-U at 0652 from Little Snoring and were lost without trace.

    It is thought that they were shot down off Dutch coast with the loss of the entire crew consisting of F/O R.C. Newcomb (RNZAF), Sgt M.J. Jones, F/O. R.A. Nimmo (RNZAF), F/O S.J. Ellis (RNZAF), F/S A.W. Clark (RNZAF), Sgt G.J.P. Boyd and F/S E.C. Hamblyn (RNZAF).

    Attended Whenuakura School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 October 1943 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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  • I am your niece, but I never knew you. You must have been terrified sitting in the plane, not knowing if you were going to your death, or whether you would return to live another day. I salute your ability to cope with conditions that were far removed from the farm at Patea.
    Public - Jill - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Missing]. Archives New Zealand (R17845747) AWMM


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21 July 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2015JillNew PlymouthOther Relative

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