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John Burns Winter

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Burns AWMM
  • Surname
    Winter AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    • NZ421805 AWMM
    • WWII 421805 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 October 1920 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ421805 AWMM
    • WWII 421805 AWMM
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    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • John Winter was the son of John Henry Winter and Bertha Bessie Winter (nee Mullins) of Invercargill, Southland.

    Died of injuries sustained on air operations

    The following is taken from H.L. Thompson's book New Zealanders with the RAF (p. 260-261): Royal Air Force medium bombers made their first large attack on transport targets on 23 March when five squadrons of No. 2 Group attacked the marshelling yards of Creil. Good bombing results were reported. Flight Sergeant Anstey who, with Flight Sergeants Winter and Jarvis as his navigator and air gunner, flew a Mitchell of No. 98 Squadron in this attack, encountered heavy flak during the flight to the target, but their machine was not among the ten Mitchells which came back damaged.

    The following is taken from H.L. Thompson's book New Zealanders with the RAF: In the following weeks New Zealand pilots, navigators, and wireless operators and air gunners flew on many such missions in which marshalling yards, repair depots, and engines were effectively attacked. No. 226 Mitchell Squadron, with which fifteen New Zealanders were then flying, records operating frequently on two missions and sometimes three in one day. During May the medium bombers made twenty-three attacks against railway centres, twenty-one against bridges, nine against airfields, and eleven attacks against flying-bomb sites. A particularly heavy and successful attack was made on 2 May against marshalling yards at Namur by thirty-six Mitchells of the Dunsfold Wing, with six squadrons of Spitfires and three of Mustangs providing fighter escort. (p. 260-261) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM 8.A.17 AWMM
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  • I have heard stories about you all my life from my Grandad (your brother and also from my Dad) and now I am teaching my class of Year 7/8 students about the amazing young men that fought in WW2. You made your family proud and we will always remember you!
    Public - Anita - Other relative - 11 April 2016
  • Jackie, we were so young. I was just 17 and you were 20. We were cousins but also great cobbers. We used to sit and dream, you had such a great mind. Always remembered, also by my family.
    Public - Audrey - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
  • My mum (your cousin Audrey) has talked about you all my life. You have not been forgotten and are still part of the family. Love Carol
    Public - Carol - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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    This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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11 April 2016AnitaNew ZealandOther relative
24 April 2015AudreyHamiltonOther Relative
24 April 2015CarolAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative
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