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Ian Ignatius Friend

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Headstone, Hanover War Cemetery (photo Mr B. Cox, June 1999) - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Hanover War Cemetery (photo Mr B. Cox, June 1999) - This image may be subject to copyrigh …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Ignatius AWMM
  • Surname
    Friend AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ404350 AWMM
    • WWII 404350 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 August 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Edward Henry Friend (father), 3 Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, Sussex, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 May 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ404350 AWMM
    • WWII 404350 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Medium AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Edward Friend and Frances Friend (nee Rawson) of Sydney, Australia.

    Settled in New Zealand in 1938.

    He applied for aircrew training 27 September 1939, then enlisted at Initial Training Wing, Levin 14 November 1940.

    January 1941 attended No 4 Elementary Flying Training School, Whenuapai

    Remustered 15 March to ITW, Levin

    Embarked for Canada 26 May 1941 on the Empire Air Training Scheme

    Arrived at No 3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth 26 December 1941

    Killed on air operations. He took off at 1755 hours from Dereham Market on board a Stirling I as a part of Operation hamburg. HIs plane crashed at Lashorst.

    Originally interred at Alswede cemetery, later reinterred at Hanover War Cemetery

    The photographer of the headstone in 1999 was Mr B. Cox's whose brother, Flying Officer John Grant Cox (NZ412658), is buried in the same cemetery. He described his visit to Hanover War Cemetery: 'On 29 June we left London 4 am - drove all day via the Channel Tunnel reaching the village of Rimbeck about 100 km south of Hanover by 5 pm. That was where my brother's plane actually crashed, and by 5.30 we were taken by friendly German folk to the Catholic cemetery where the crew of seven were originally interred, and then to a site on a hillside about 1 km away to the spot where the Lancaster crashed. An elderly chap who remembers the incident said that they thought the bomber was going to hit the village. and the following morning, civilians began pillaging the wreckage to get the parachutes for silk but were stopped by soldiers. We were taken back to the first house we called at where we were given a nice meal, outside under a patio, followed by several rounds of German lager, before being taken to the local hotel where we slept before an early morning start for Hanover. In the Hanover War Cemetery all graves are well tended by German gardeners employed by the British War Graves Commission and were quite friendly. There are 46 New Zealand graves in the cemetery.' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    9 November 1942 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM Coll. grave 12 G 13-19 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2198725
    Sources Used
  • References
    • 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

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