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Daniel Joseph Clifford

Portrait of Daniel Joseph Clifford, Auckland Weekly News, 7 October 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19421007-18-21. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Daniel Joseph Clifford, Auckland Weekly News, 7 October 1942. Sir George Grey Special Co …


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  • Forenames
    Daniel Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Clifford AWMM
  • Ingoa
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    • WWII NZ401753 AWMM
    • WWII 401753 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    5 November 1918 Noel Smith Research Project
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
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    • WWII NZ401753 AWMM
    • WWII 401753 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Daniel Clifford was the son of Daniel Joseph and Theresa Clifford. He was the husband of Jean Margaret Clifford of Cambridge, New Zealand.

      Details of 142 Squadron's activities are also contained in W.R. Chorley's Royal Air Force Bomber Command Lossess of the Second World War 1942 - refer to page 22 for details of Daniel Clifford. Three of the crew on his final mission were members of the RAF, two were from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Clifford was the only Royal New Zealand Air Force member. The account records that having left Grimsby at 1740 the plane is believed to have crashed in the sea off Bridlington, Yorkshire, north east of Spurn Head.

      Helensville District High School Memorial is displayed in the hall of Kaipara High School. Helensville. Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: AWMM
    • Daniel and Jean Clifford had a daughter, Margaret Josephine Clifford. She was born on 4 August 1941, a few months before Daniel was killed. He saw a photo of her before he died, but never met her. Public - Rochelle Ann - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016 - I am Margaret Josephine Clifford's youngest daughter. She Married William Hooton, they had four children, Larry, Jeffrey, Vicki and Rochelle.
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  • Death
    18 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
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    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Helensville District High School (Kaipara College) Roll of Honour, Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Cambridge Cenotaph, Victoria St, Cambridge 3434 AWMM
    • Cambridge Cenotaph, Victoria St, Cambridge 3434 AWMM
    • Cambridge World War Two War Memorials AWMM
    • Cambridge World War Two War Memorials AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
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  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      The New Zealand Herald of 22 January 1942 reported that Pilot Officer Daniel J. Clifford was missing (possibly includes a biography). AWMM
    • 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
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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25 September 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2016Rochelle AnnNorth AucklandDirect descendant

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