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Denis Reginald Wilkes

Denis Reginald Wilkes - This image may be subject to copyright

Denis Reginald Wilkes - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Denis Reginald AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilkes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ427240 AWMM
    • WWII 427240 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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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Day Star AWMM

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Son of Gabriel Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Wilkes of Wellington AWMM
    • From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)':

      Tue 15 Feb 1944
      Dual Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) exercise
      51 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Cranfield, Bedfordshire - 9 Group, Air Defence of Great Britain)
      Beaufighter IF R2129 - took off at 20:12 and successfully completed the exercise at 22:18. Seven minutes later the aircraft entered a steep dive from 3000 feet and exploded on hitting the ground 3½ miles NNE of the airfield, at Meadow Farm, near Bourne End. The two crew were buried at Cambridge on the 19th.
      Pilot: NZ402217 Flt Lt Sylvester Roger Oliffe RICHMOND, RNZAF - Age 27. 348hrs (about 20 on Beaufighter) 1 op.
      Navigator: NZ427240 Flying Officer Denis Reginald WILKES, RNZAF - Age 23. 18.1hrs.

      Richmond’s op had been undertaken in August 1941 with 114 Squadron, RAF. However, he suffered a serious flying accident during his first week with the unit, the injuries from which led to the loss of a limb - and grounded him for almost two years. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 3 June 2019 - RAF Thread Board.
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About death

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  • Death
    15 February 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England AWMM Grave 14352 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Pollington Airfield Memorial Garden, Yorkshire, England AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • 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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03 June 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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