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David George West

Portrait of Pilot Officer David George West, Auckland Weekly News, 18 March 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420318-24-18. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Pilot Officer David George West, Auckland Weekly News, 18 March 1942. Auckland Libraries …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David George AWMM
  • Surname
    West AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ412772 AWMM
    • WWII 412772 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1919 AWMM Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • 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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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ412772 AWMM
    • WWII 412772 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 May 1941 AWMM Draughtsman/Civilian AWMM
  • 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 in Air Accident, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • David West was the son of Ernst Vilhelm West and Carrie Buick West of Palmerston North, Wellington. His brother was Squadron Leader Peter Wynn Mason West, DFC who also died on active service. Source: Martyn, For Your Tomorrow, Vol.3, p.501.

      Attended Palmerston North Boys' High School. AWMM
    • David was training to fly Westland Lysanders (a large STOL aircraft) into makeshift air strips in France. The cargo would be French Underground personnel and supplies. His log book entry completed by the Commanding Officer of the unit records the training accident that claimed the lives of David and a fellow pilot, they were in a Miles Magister. Public - Bruce Phillip - Other relative - 27 April 2017 - Family information and the pilot's log book
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About death

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  • Death
    23 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery, Wiltshire, England AWMM Sec. M. Grave 203. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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16 February 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
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