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Bert Sam Wipiti

Portrait of Warrant Officer Bert Sam Wipiti, Auckland Weekly News, 29 December 1943. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19431229-20-36. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bert Sam AWMM
  • Surname
    Wipiti AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Herbert Samuel Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 11 July 2015 - Memorial board at Altar - St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance, Biggin Hill, Kent, England.
  • Service number
    NZ41388 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 January 1922 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
    New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) AWMM
    23 March 1942. 243 (RAF) Squadron and 453 (RAAF) Squadron (Buffalo), carried out a large number of operational flights against the enemy and has displayed outstanding courage and determination Hanson p. 522 AWMM

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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Joined 485 Squadron RNZAF (Spitfire) August 1943 AWMM
    • Bert was educated at New Plymouth Boys High School. He was the first Maori airman to leave New Zealand on active duty when he was posted to Singapore. He became an air ace by destroying five Japanese aircraft. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 5 June 2020 - Research


About death

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  • Death
    3 October 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 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



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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News, 1943 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM


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05 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
11 July 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
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