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Reginald Richard Curtis

Portrait from The Weekly News; 2 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 2 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Curtis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    R. R. Curtis AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ413252 AWMM
    • WWII 413252 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 August 1921 AWMM KarameaNorth-west Nelson AWMM
    Karamea, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs C.J. Curtis (mother), North Beach, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ413252 AWMM
    • WWII 413252 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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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  • Reginald Curtis was the son of Charles John and Edith Marion Curtis, of Hamilton.

    Reginald Curtis gained his Proficiency in Neslon before going to Westport Technical High School, where he palyed football and cricket. From 1938 until his enlistment in 1941 he was employed on bridge building by the Public Works Department. Prior to his enlistment at Levin on 28 June 1941 he worked through the pre-entry course.

    He embarked for Canada and trained at No 1 Wireless School in Montreal. He was then posted to No 1 Bombing and Gunners School, Jarvis, Ontario where he gained his Air Gunners badge and promotion to Sergeant on 2 April 1942. In June Sergeant Curtis returned to New Zealand and in July was posted to No 5 Bombing ..Squadron, Nausori, where he flew as Wireless Air Gunner in Vincents on convoys and anti submarine patrols. Sergeant Curtis did a course at Gisborne from February to May 1943 and was promoted Flight Sergeant on 1 May 1943.

    On 17 June he was on a course at the United States Naval Airo Operational Training Unit, Jacksonville, Florida, flying Avengers. On his return on 30 March 1944 he joined 30 Squadron and was stationed at Piva. At the time of his promotion to Warrant Officer on 1 May 1944 he was flying as Wireless Operator Air Gunner with Flight Officer Bailey and was engaged chiefly on bombing strikes.

    On 10 May 1944 Warrant Officer Curtis was in the crew of an Avenger which was hit by ack-ack fire and crashed into the sea near Creet Harbour off the Lakunai airstrip. All the crew were classified as missing, believed killed. The other members of the crew were Flying Officer A M Bailey (Pilot) and Sergeant L G Schlesinger. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Creet HarbourPapua New Guinea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • RNZAF Memorial, Gisborne Airport, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Official Defence Department papers 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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