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Kenneth Gordon Dunn

Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. - This image may b …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Dunn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lofty Dunn AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ414605 AWMM
    • WWII 414605 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 April 1922 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) PapakuraAuckland RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. M. Dunn, 3 Whau Valley Road, Whangarei AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Dunn of Whangarei AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Younger son of Chesney and Marion Dunn, of Whau Valley Road, Whangarei.

    Nephew of Christopher BN Dunn, a veteran of the Anglo-Boer and First World Wars. See his separate Cenotaph record for details.

    Born at Papakura, he attended Wesley College, where his father was on the staff, and spent time at Kirikopuni, where he assisted on the family property.

    Although he left the Mangarata School after passing the sixth standard, he determined after the outbreak of the war to qualify as an Air Force pilot. Prior to the introduction of the RNZAF educational scheme, he followed various occupations during the day while continuing his studies unremittingly. So successfully did he apply himself, that in his final course he finished third in a large class which comprised mostly of older men with University training.

    Before leaving New Zealand he achieved his ambition of winning his 'wings' at the age of 19.

    Letters he sent home testified to his appreciations of the beauties of England, the kindness of the people and his interst in the work in which he was engaged with Coastal Command.

    He was six feet three inches tall. He was said to have a splendid physique and an equally sterling character.

    He was killed in a flying accident in the U.K.

    There is a reference to the loss of Lofty Dunn in the diary of Sergeant Pilot Raymond Herbert John Broady (NZ39691). [Ref. MS 883]

    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
    3 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Wick Cemetery, Caithnesshire, Scotland AWMM Section O, Grave 421. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Broady, Raymond Herbert John. Papers, 1911 - 1942. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 883. 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM

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