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Edward Reid Dodson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward Reid AWMM
  • Surname
    Dodson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ412319 AWMM
    • WWII 412319 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ412319 AWMM
    • WWII 412319 AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Edward Dodson was the son of Allen Reid Dodson and Vera Lucy Grant Dodson (nee Madigan), of Atawhai, Nelson, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Old Boy of Nelson College.

      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 - 4 March 2019 - Reference : 'New Zealand Disasters & Tragedies Miscellaneous Accidents & Other Incidents of Interest' : New Zealand website
    • From an article on Taranaki hunter Errol Clince.

      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.[5] 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 leg bone of a human then I buggered off from there fast.[5] Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 29 June 2020 - Article on Taranaki hunter Errol Clince :
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About death

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    23 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
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    Marsden Valley Cemetery, Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM Block 3, Row D, Plot 67. Services' Area. AWMM
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    Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

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    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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