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Leonard William Bennett

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard William AWMM
  • Surname
    Bennett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 41820 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • 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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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 41820 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
  • 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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    • Pilot Officer Bennett was the son of Samuel Francis Bennett, and of Ethel Maude Bennett, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Served RAF Ferry Pool (aircraft delivery), United Kingdom.

      Pilot of Hurricane I V6563 which was being delivered to RAF Kemble, UK - from RAF Base at Debden, United Kingdom.
      Whilst bringing the aircraft into land - at 15:00 hours - the aircraft turned tightly across wind at low altitude. The aircraft then stalled, entered a left hand spin and struck the ground - killing Pilot Officer Bennett. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 28 February 2020 - Reference : (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    26 August 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    KembleGloucestershire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kemble Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England AWMM Section Z. Row E. Grave 20. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth City : Ref : Block B; Row 6. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 28 February 2020 - NZSG New Plymouth

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28 February 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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