Māori › John Dorset Webster Born 5 April 1917 - Died 23 July 1942 PDF Key details Service numberWWII NZ405351 AWMM WWII 405351 AWMM Also known as Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Last rankWW2 Pilot Officer AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 234 Squadron, RAF AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Portrait of Pilot-Officer J. D. Webster, of Whakatane, missing on operations. Auckland Weekly News, … View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn Dorset AWMM SurnameWebster AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberWWII NZ405351 AWMM WWII 405351 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Report › Report › Report › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth5 April 1917 AWMM Stratford, Taranaki AWMM Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkationWW2 Lewis Dorset Webster (father), New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignEurope (Air) AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Service numberWWII NZ405351 AWMM WWII 405351 AWMM Military serviceRCAF, 32 Service Flying Training School, Moosejaw, Saskatchewan Base Record Course 1: Graduation Date: 8/08/1941. AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW2 21 December 1940 AWMM Clerk/Civilian AWMM Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 234 Squadron, RAF AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW2 Pilot Officer AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 234 Squadron, RAF AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Son of Lewis Dorset Webster and of Adele Marie Webster (nee Avery), of New Plymouth AWMM Operation: SweepDate: 23rd July 1942 (Thursday)Unit: No. 234 Squadron (10 Group)Type: Spitfire VbSerial: AR285Code: AZ-?Base: RAF Portreath, CornwallLocation: English Channel off FrancePilot: P/O. John Dorset Webster NZ/405351 RNZAF Age 24. Missing believed killedREASON FOR LOSS:Taking off at 15:20 hrs for a sweep between Plousecat and Guissény the unit encountered flak and light machine gun fire near Landerneau as well as encountering enemy aircraft.The squadron lost four pilots during this operation, apart from Sgt. Webster who is thought to have come down in the English Channel. (some reports state that he baled out - missing)The others lost from the Squadron:Spitfire Vb AD454 Flown by Sgt. W.H.T. Farmer 570023 RAFVR Taken PoW No: 25657 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (344)Spitfire Vb AD541 Flown by Sgt. David Gordon Fuggle 1333176 RAFVR - Missing - believed killed. Spitfire Vb AB864 Flown by P/O. Jorgen Billy Thalbitzer 110594 RAFVR - Taken PoW - Oflag XXIB - further details follow.Burial details:P/O. John Dorset Webster. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 117. The son of Lewis Dorset Webster and of Adele Marie Webster (née Avery), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. 406 Flying hours logged and on his 91st operation.Others:Sgt. David Gordon Fuggle. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 83. No further details on next of kin - are you able to assist?P/O. Jorgen Billy Thalbitzer. Vestre Cemetery (Copenhagen). No further details on next of kin - are you able to assist?Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand Public - kelvin - Researcher - 5 November 2017 - http://aircrewremembered.com/webster-john-dorset.html John Webster was 15 years old when he left New Plymouth Boy’s High School in 1934 and went to work at the Taranaki Daily News in Hawera and then later on to the Farmer’s Co-op Society. In 1940 he enlisted in the RNZAF and received training in Levin and Bell Block before being transferred to Canada for further training. After more training in Scotland he was graded above average as a fighter pilot and was posted to 234 Fighter Squadron in Ibsley to fly spitfires. On July 23 1942 he was returning from a mission over France when his aircraft was lost without trace. It was assumed his aircraft had been brought down and lost at sea. His name is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, England. Public - Louise - Researcher - 28 August 2020 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.Puke Ariki, Swainson/Woods Collection ARC#SW1944.1947Retrieved from https://collection.pukeariki.com/objects/44239 Read more Death About death Contribute › Death23 July 1942 AWMM Age 25 AWMM Europe AWMM Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of deathKilled on Active Service AWMM Death notes Cemetery Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameRunnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM Roll of Honour Remember John Dorset Webster by laying a poppy. John Davis Webster John Donald Webster John Dorset Webster John Hamilton Webster John Leslie Webster Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John Dorset Webster Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission record https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1531170 Sources Used DocumentsMartyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM pp.499-500 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 Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact 28 August 2020LouiseNew Plymouth, New ZealandResearcher 11 July 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher 05 November 2017kelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.