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Peter Wynn Mason West

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Wynn Mason AWMM
  • Surname
    West AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 40870 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1917 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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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Peter West was the son of Ernst Vilhelm West and Carrie Buick West of Palmerston North. His brother was Pilot Officer David George West who also died on active service.

      Member of the Middle Districts Aero Club, and received his A License in January 1937, selected for a Short Service Commission with the Royal Air Force in December 1937, and embarked overseas in February 1938.

      Husband of Eileen Ruth West (nee Hawkins). AWMM
    • The four West lads all went to war, the two youngest, John a Petty Officer in the Royal NZ Navy and Ernest a Warrant Officer in the RNZAF came home at the wars end.
      Peter joined the RAF in 1937 under the Empire Pilots scheme and flew several types of aircraft. He married an English girl who was three months pregnant when his Lancaster went missing over the North Sea. His body was washed up on the shores of Denmark, the country his grandfather emigrated to New Zealand from. Public - Bruce Phillip - Other relative - 27 April 2017 - Family information, Peter was my uncle. His log books are in the possession of his son in law.
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About death

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  • Death
    4 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    DenmarkEurope AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark AWMM AIII. 11. 14. AWMM
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 April 2017Bruce PhillipAuckland New ZealandOther relative
09 March 2016Bernice Cambridge, New ZealandOther relative
08 March 2016BruceNew ZealandDirect descendant

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