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Bruce Colin Dreaver

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce Colin AWMM
  • Surname
    Dreaver AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ40916 AWMM
    • WWII 40916 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 December 1920 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary M. Dreaver (mother), Kilarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 June 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Ground Training School, Levin AWMM
    • No. 1 Air Observer's School, Ohakea AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 April 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Cabinet Maker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Andrew James and the Hon. Mary Dreaver MBE, MLC, JP

    He was killed in an aircraft collision.

    At the time of his death, had flown 747 hours as an Air Gunner (planes were Vickers, Vincent, Westland Lysander, Hector, Halifax, Wellington (Merlin) II, Wellington (Pegasus IC) Fairy Gordon, Liberator, Manchester, Lamcaster Mark I & III, Oxford, Wellington IC.

    He had completed 62 operational flights over Cologne, Kiel, Karlsruhe, Dortmund, Brest, Warship "Gneisenau", Sea searches for missing aircraft, Gibralter, Malta, El Fayum, Timimi, Matuba, Gazala, Benina, Berka, El Adem, Ships in Bay of Sirts, North Africa, Salamia, Parseus, Island of Rhodes, Dusberg, Dortmund, Essen, Dusseldorf, Wuppertal, Bochum, Friedrickshaven, Gelsenkerchen, Spezia, Turin, Pilsen.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 August 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beck Row (St John's) Churchyard, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England AWMM Row D. Grave 11. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Newmarket War Memorial, Olympic Park, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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