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Harold Henry Sheather

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Sheather AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ415560 AWMM
    • WWII 415560 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 March 1920 AWMM WhakataneEastern Bay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr R.B. and Mrs M.E. Sheather (Parents), Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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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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  • Harold Sheather was educated at Whakatane School, Tolaga Bay School and Gisborne High School. His sporting activites included rugby, swimming, tennis, rowing and cricket. Before enlistment he was a telephone operator with the Post and Telegraph Department. He was interested in flying prior to the outbreak of hositilites, having flown as a pupil in the Rotorua Aero Club and carried out eight hours dual instruction.

    He applied for enlistment in the RNZAF early in March 1940 and was provisionally accepted. To this end he studied at home and was later ntoifed that he was requied for service as an Air Gunner. He was enlisted as such on 5 October 1941 at the ground Training School, Levin.

    Six weeks later he embarked for Canada for training under the Empire Air Training Scheme, arriving at No 2 Wireless School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada on 12 March 1942. After two months he passed on to No 3 Bomber and Gunnery School, where he was awarded the Air Gunner's Badge and promoted to Sergeant on 22 June 1942. At the completion of the course he embarked for New Zealand and was posted to No 8 General Reconnaissance Squadron, Gisborne. For the following twelve months he was employed as an Air gunner in Vincent and Oxford aircraft of No 8 General Reconnaissance Squadron carrying out local patrols. He was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 15 May 1943.

    In September he was transferred to No 30 (Bomber) Squadron located at the same station and there participated in operational exercises and patrols in Vincent, Harvard, Oxford and Grumman Avenger aircraft until 24 January 1944 when he proceeded overseas with the Squadron to Espiritu Santo. He became a Pilot Officer on 1 November 1943.

    February and March was spent at Espiritu Santo carrying out patrols and operational exercises and on 4 April, he moved forward to Bougainville. As an Air Gunner he participated in bombing raids on Talili Bay and Rabaul in Gruman Avenger aircraft.

    Pilot Officer Sheather was a member of the crew of an aircraft engaged on operations in the vicinity of Vunuakanu Runway, New Britain, when it was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. All the crew were classified as missing beleved killed in action. The other members of the crew were Flying Officer R D Gardner (Pilot), and Pilot Officer C Nicholls (Navigator).

    Pilot Officer Sheather had flown 474 hours as an Air Gunner. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    New BritainBismarck Archipelago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • RNZAF Memorial, Gisborne Airport, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
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  • References
    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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