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Rodney George Dandy

Name panels, Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery (provided by Paul Baker December 2012) - This image may be subject to copyright

Name panels, Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery (provided by Paul Baker December 2012) …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rodney George AWMM
  • Surname
    Dandy AWMM
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    • WWII NZ417031 AWMM
    • WWII 417031 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 August 1910 AWMM GisborneNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of George Alfred & Mary (Betty) DANDY Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Widow: Mrs. I. A. Cruikshank of Christchurch AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. M. Brunton of Waitaki, North Otago AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Married/WWII AWMM
    • 1933 Rodney George DANDY married Isabella Agnes LOCHEAD Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 June 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage records


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ417031 AWMM
    • WWII 417031 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 December 1941 AWMM Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Air Accident, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Rodney Dandy was the son of George Alfred and Mary Dandy; husband of Isabel Dandy, of Dallington, Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Attended Gisborne High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • 23 October 1942 - An aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, engaged in a coastal training flight failed to return to the base [New Plymouth]. A search was immediately instituted without success. The occupants of the plane were:
      Pilot-Officer Rodney George DANDY, 33 years - Mrs R G Dandy, Wellington (wife).
      Sergeant Douglas Gordon MARTYN, 23 years - Mrs E M Martyn, Waihi (mother).
      Sergeant Graham MacLeod MARTIN, 27 years - Mrs G M Martin, Christchurch (wife).
      Sergeant Edward Reid DODSON, 27 years - Mrs V L Dodson, Nelson (wife). New Zealand Herald, Volume 79, Issue 24414, 26 October 1942, Page 2 Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 22 June 2020 - Papers Past :
    • Article of aircraft discovery on Mount Taranaki - by a local hunter - in 1974.

      "Clince is most well-known for the discovery of an RNZAF Airspeed Oxford twin engine bomber-training aircraft wreckage on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. The aircraft, an Oxford I, NZ277/P2030 with Pilot Officer Rodney Dandy and crew Sgt Douglas Martyn, Sgt Graham Martin and Sgt Edward Dodson, departed Bell Block Airfield, New Plymouth on 23 October 1942 on a training mission.[5] It is assumed that due to heavy cloud, the crew made navigational errors which resulted in a crash at 4,000 feet.[6] No crew members survived. The RNZAF and local authorities discontinued searches for the aircraft after three months. 32 years later on 15 January 1974. Clince discovered the crash site. Assuming it was already documented, Clince messed around with the wreckage including tampering with the controls and .303 machine gun. He was alerted to the presence of human remains by his dog who had recovered a bone. He then made a hasty retreat down the mountain to inform the Police. He returned shortly after with a party of Police, NZRAF and media.
      His diary noted:
      Hunted Mangorei Stream, got 10 goats. Got a ride in a Cortina 2000 Automatic. Found old bomber below Mangorei Hut somewhere. There were a lot of 303 bullet shells, a machinegun and an old parachute still not undone ... I also found the bone of a human then I buggered off from there fast.[5] - Article on Taranaki hunter Errol Clince : Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 12 July 2020 - As noted above.
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cause of death
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    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM 39. Z/5. AWMM
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  • Oxford 1 left Bell Block to undertake machine gun firing off the Taranaki coast and then proceed to Kawhia before returning to base. The last transmission heard was at 10.41 on the 23rd Oct 1942. Despite extensive searches the aircraft and crew could not be located.

    In 1974, two men stumbled across the wreck in a valley in the Touakai Ranges, a fallen Rimu tree obscuring the site. The remains of the crew, Rodney Dandy, Graham Martin, Edward Dodson and Douglas Martyn, were returned to their home towns for burial. [For Your Tomorrow, Errol Martyn, Vol.1, p.261]
    Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 June 2023



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol.3, p.158 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
    • 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


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29 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
20 July 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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