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Thomas Eric Crarer

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Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  C_024. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel C_024. Image taken June 2020.

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Eric AWMM
  • Surname
    Crarer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ405475 AWMM
    • WWII 405475 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 January 1921 AWMM WairoaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • 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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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ405475 AWMM
    • WWII 405475 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Thomas Stewart & Barbara Elizabeth of Wairoa, Hawkes Bay

    His aircraft, X3452, a Vickers Wellington Mk III medium bomber from the base at Feltwell, was coned by searchlights over the target of Hamburg on 29 July 1942. Ss it lost height in evading the lights it was hit by light AA fire and ditched in the River Elbe. Four of the five crew became Prisoners of War and all survived captivity in Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. However, Thomas did not survive the crash-landing and lies in a Collective grave in Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    29 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    HamburgGermany AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany AWMM Collective Grave 4 A H 1-7 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/2199973
    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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