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Alister Whyte Buchanan

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Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alister Whyte AWMM
  • Surname
    Buchanan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ1304 AWMM
    • WWII 1304 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 January 1911 AWMM HaweraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    25 February 1944 AWMM
    Postumously mentioned in Despatches. Citation: "In recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty". AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

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
    24 December 1943 AWMMKilled on Air Operations, Cause of Death AWMM
    Failed to return from a mission to sweep air space over Rabual island which was attacked by Japanese aircraft. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Alister Buchanan was the son of John Whyte Buchanan, and Maud Buchanan, of Masterton; husband of Patricia May Buchanan, of Masterton. AWMM
    • Pilot of RNZAF P40N-1 NZ3134 - crashed during a fighter sweep by 48 allied aircraft over Rabaul on 24 December 1943.
      The aircraft were attacked by enemy fighters and NZ3134 was one of 5 RNZAF P-40s which failed to return from the mission.
      Flight Lieutenant Alister Buchanan killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 23 October 2019 - Reference : NZDF P40 Loss Report.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Pacific AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2187156
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News, 1944 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Rudge, C. (2003). Air-to-air : the story behind the air-to-air combat claims of the RNZAF. Lyttelton, N.Z.: Adventure Air. AWMM

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23 October 2019JeniferWairarapa, New ZealandResearcher

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