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Patrick John Denis Cooney

Headstone of Flight Sergeant Patrick John Denis Cooney (403951). St Joris Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. New Zealand War Graves Trust (BEDY0550). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Headstone of Flight Sergeant Patrick John Denis Cooney (403951). St Joris Communal Cemetery, West-Vl …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Patrick John Denis AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ403951 AWMM
    • WWII 403951 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 November 1919 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) GoreSouthland RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Maria Elizabeth Cooney (mother), Salford Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. M. E. Cooney of Salford Street, Gore AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • 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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Patrick Francis Cooney and Maria Elizabeth Cooney (nee Kean) of Gore, Southland

    Took at 1934 from Brighton on board a Wellington as part of Operation Dunkirk. Crashed at St Joris-Lez-Nieuwport (West Vlaanderen), 4 km east of Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

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

    Attended Gore High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    13 March 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Joris Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM Grave 10 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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  • Visited Pats grave at St Joris Belgium in October 1987.
    He Died with his 5 Wellington Bomber crew, ages ranging between 21yr + 35yr.
    Brave men, such a tragic waste of lives.
    Public - Bid (Brigid) - Other relative - 13 February 2019
  • Leaving a poppy for you Uncle Pat, tragically lost so young
    Public - Denise - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • For my Uncle, "we will remember"
    Public - Pauline - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
  • To my Uncle. As a serving soldier I now respect even more your contribution and sacrifice. I have visited your resting place in Belgium and laid a Poppy from all your family
    Public - Patrick - Other Relative - 12 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 February 2019Bid (Brigid)Amberley. New Zealand.Other relative
18 July 2018gregwellington,Other relative
26 April 2015DeniseNew ZealandOther Relative
20 April 2015PaulineChristchurchOther Relative
12 March 2015PatrickWanganui NZOther Relative

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