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Maurice Melton Campbell

Family memorial, detail Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch (Photo Sarndra Lees, 2009) - This image may be subject to copyright

Family memorial, detail Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch (Photo Sarndra Lees, 2009) - This image may b …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Maurice Melton AWMM
  • Surname
    Campbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405230 AWMM
    • WWII 405230 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 June 1914 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608) ChristchurchCanterbury RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr Arthur E. Campbell (father), 138 Tennyson Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Campbell of Christchurch AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405230 AWMM
    • WWII 405230 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died at sea in transit on a convoy AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Maurice Campbell was the son of Arthur Campbell and of Alice Ifor Campbell (nee Jones), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

      Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

      Attended Christchurch Boys' High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)) AWMM
    • RNZAF Pilot Officer Maurice Campbell - of Christchurch, New Zealand - had completed Pilot training at Canada - and he was travelling with 2 fellow RNZAF Pilots : RNZAF Pilot Officer William Upton Hewett : NZ404363 and RNZAF Pilot Officer Michael Angland : NZ411357 - aboard the Swedish Merchant Ship 'Yngaren' - from Halifax, Nova Scotia to RAF duty at England.
      In the early hours of 12 January 1942 - 600 miles West off the Coast of Ireland - the 'Yngaren' was torpedoed by German U-Boat U-43 (Position : 57 degrees; 00'W 26 degrees 00W - Grid AL 1938). Of the 34 crew and 6 passengers aboard - only 2 survived. The 3 RNZAF Air-men aboard the ship were lost at sea.

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      At 08.02 hours on 12 Jan 1942 the unescorted Yngaren, a straggler from convoy HX-168 due to bad weather, was hit by two torpedoes from U-43 in heavy seas and sank within one minute about 600 miles west of Ireland. The master, 31 crew members and six British passengers were lost. On 10 February, two survivors (a Swede and a Dane) on a raft were spotted by a Hudson aircraft from the Coastal Command. They were picked up the next day by a British fishing trawler that was directed to them by a Catalina flying boat. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 16 April 2019 - Website :
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About death

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  • Death
    12 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Atlantic Ocean 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
    • Ottawa Memorial (Commonwealth Air Force Memorial), Ontario, Canada AWMM
    • Airmen from Australia and New Zealand Memorial, Memorial Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada AWMM
    • Family grave memorial, Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). Vol 2. p.p. 171 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). Vol 3. p. 120 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Bo - Cl. Archives New Zealand (R17845608) - 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


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24 April 2022LeeKaiapoiOther
16 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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