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Heslop Miles Frederick Barnitt

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Heslop Miles Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Barnitt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40981 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 January 1918 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before 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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Frederick Heslop and Florence Amelia Barnitt, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

    Flying Officer Barnitt captained aircraft operating out of Aden on convoy escort and reconnaissance over the Red Sea and its southern approaches. Barnitt several times dove off enemy bombers attacking ships in the approaches to Aden. According to Thompson (1959), he took on three Italian aircraft threatening a convoy, shooting down one and seriously damaging another. The crew of an escort ship described this as ‘a very gallant action’.

    Flying Officer Barnitt's Distinguished Flying Cross, recommended sometime earlier, was confirmed shortly after his death. He was the first New Zealander in the Middle East to receive a decoration for war service. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Point Christian Cemetery, Kamaran Island AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Maala Memorial No 2, Maala Cemetery, Aden Peninsula, Yemen AWMM

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  • External links
    Thompson, H. (1959). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vol III). Wellington: Dept of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital Copy
    Sources Used
  • References
    Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM

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