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Neil Banks Couper

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Neil Banks AWMM
  • Surname
    Couper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ428783 AWMM
    • WWII 428783 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 April 1905 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Druten (Puiflijk) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Gelderland, Netherlands AWMM Grave 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Neil Banks Couper was the pilot that flew with my father WW2. On their last flight their plane was hit over a small village called Druten in Holland. My father got everyone out and as the radio operator stayed with Neil in the burning plane putting his parachute on him until Neil told him to bail out. Dad landed in the Waal river and was recued by a Dutch farmer and hidden in his house until it was safe, Dad then met up with the rest of the crew and they made their way to Neimiegen and got a lift back to base in the UK. Sadly Neil went down with the plane. My family have been to Neils' grave in Holland and laid flowers. His grave is maintained by the locals who have never forgotten him. Here is the link to the story. http://www.conscript-heroes.com/Art28-KenNolan-960.html A few years ago I was contacted by the late Paddy Bowers who was also on that flight sons who told me that their Dad
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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/2647914
    Sources Used
  • References
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
      The National Office of the RNZRSA has a photograph of Neil Couper's headstone in the Netherlands. 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

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