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Kenneth Howard Blincoe

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Howard AWMM
  • Surname
    Blincoe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ412194 AWMM
    • WWII 412194 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 November 1909 Martyn NelsonTasman Martyn
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs Ida Blincoe (wife), Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs I. A. Blincoe, Waller Street, Murchison AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs F. Blincoe of Nelson AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Francis and Ruth Blincoe (nee Packer) of Nelson, attended Nelson College, 1924-1925, New Zealand Territorial Force from 1928-1931. Prior to enlistment with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he worked as faultman with the P&T Department in Ohura.

      Husband of Ida Annie Blincoe of Murchison, Nelson.

      "On 16 September 1942, during an operation to Essen Plt Off Blincoe's aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter. The wireless operator was wounded but the aircraft returned safely, crash-landing at base." Hanson, p. 82

      Attended Nelson College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
    • Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W

      Reason for Loss.

      Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W took off – at 08.21 hours from RAF Base Newmarket, Suffolk - to bomb Hamburg (‘Operation Hamburg’).
      The Stirling Bomber (R9250 AA-W) was part of a 263 aircraft Bomber raid – which included 84 Halifaxes; 6 Stirlings; 62 Lancasters and 51 Wellingtons.
      Poor icy conditions forced many of the aircraft to return early – and the Pathfinders were unable to produce concentrated marking - and consequently the main bombing was scattered.
      This bombing raid - ‘Operation Hamburg’ – on 3/4 February 1943 - cost the Allies a loss of 16 aircraft - with 90 air crew losing their lives – and 28 being made Prisoners of War of the Germans.
      Stirling Bomber (R9250 AA-W) was intercepted at 3,500 metres – and shot down – by German Fighter Ace Hptm Reinhold Knacke (of 1.NJG1) at 16.46 hours - over Ingen - 5kms south of Amerongen. Shortly after Hptm Knacke was himself also shot down and killed by another Stirling Bomber (R9197 of 214 Squadron) which itself was also shot down.
      The crew of Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W were
      1. Pilot Officer Kenneth Howard Blincoe RNZAF NZ412194 – of Murchison, Nelson District, New Zealand. Aged 33 years. Killed.
      2. Pilot 2 : Pilot Officer Andrew J. W. Scott RNZAF NZ414685 – of Mataura, Southland, New Zealand. Aged 21 years. Killed.
      3. Air Bomdr Flight Sergeant George Wood Cook RNZAF NZ412514 – of Hamilton, Waikato. Aged 21 years. Killed.
      4. Flight Sergeant Desmond Clearwater RNZAF NZ412314 –of Auckland. Aged 25 years. Killed.
      5. Flight Eng Flight Sergeant Desmond David Hayward : RAF 651764. Aged 20 years. Killed.
      6. Navigator Flight Sergeant Frank Arthur Boese : RAFVR 1293282. Aged 22 years. Killed.
      7. Wireless Op/Air Gunner Edward McDermott : RCAF R/96960. Aged 19 years. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 18 April 2019 - Used with permission of (England) : Stirling R9250 AA-W
    • 8. Wireless Op/Air Gunner Harold Lowe DFC RAF 115129. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 18 April 2019 - (England) Stirling R9250 AA-W.
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About death

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  • Death
    3 February 1943 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Amersfoort (Rusthof) General Cemetery, Dodeweg West, Oud Leusden, The Netherlands AWMM Plot 13, Row 13, Grave 212. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Pilot Officer Blincoe DFC is remembered at his birth place on the Murchison War Memorial, Nelson District.
    He is also remembered on a WW2 War Memorial Plaque at the Taumaranui War Memorial Hall. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 27 November 2020 - Research.

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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol.3, p.94 AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.86 AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - 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 - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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12 October 2022AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
27 November 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
27 November 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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