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William Michael Ching

Biography for William Michael Ching. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Bo - Cl. Archives Zealand (R17845608-0476). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for William Michael Ching. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Per …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Michael AWMM
  • Surname
    Ching AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ4215731 AWMM
    • WWII 4215731 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1924 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608) ReeftonWest Coast RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr Harold Louis Ching (father), Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. H. L. Ching, Stokes, Nelson AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. H. L. Ching of Stokes, Nelson AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Navigator RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Ching was the son of Harold Louis and Jessie Wilson Ching, of Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand.

      Attended Nelson College.

      Two sons, brothers Alan Harold Ching (NZ427187) and William Michael Ching (NZ4215731) served with the RNZAF, they were both killed.

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

      Attended Nelson College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)) AWMM
    • The circumstances under which Bill gave his life for us are described in this piece by the bomb aimer in Bill's Aircraft:
      'Haunted by a Memory'
      In 'To Hell and Back: True Life Experiences of Bomber Command at War' by Mel Rolfe.
      It's available on Amazon as a Kindle book and a regular paper book.

      Sadly it doesn't say much about Bill himself, but gives information about his final mission by one of his comrades.
      Lest we forget. Public - Martin - Researcher - 24 July 2017 - 'To Hell and Back: True Life Experiences of Bomber Command at War' by Mel Rolfe.
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About death

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  • Death
    4 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany AWMM 9. D. 17. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Marsden Memorial (WW2), Marsden Valley Road, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM

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  • A generation lost, sadly an uncle that I never met, he shall not grow old as I have.
    Public - Campbell Allan - Other Relative - 23 April 2015



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24 July 2017MartinLondonResearcher
23 April 2015Campbell AllanNelson, New ZealandOther Relative

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