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Sydney Allan Dyer

Free Lance Roll of Honour Portraits, from Left to Right. Lieut. A.H. Madden, Pilot Officer, E.T. Cooper; Flying Officer, K. S. Blair; Second Lieutenant G. G. Bailey; Lieutenant I. D. Smith; Temporary Majory B. I. Bassett; Lieutenant G. M. Brandon; Sergeant S. A. Dyer; Sergeant R. J. Grenfell; Able Seaman A. G. Simpson; Able Seaman L. R. Denton; Able Seaman J. G. Scott; Assitant Engine Artificer H. H. Christie; Acting Engine Artificer G. E. Smith. New Zealand Free Lance, August 12, 1942. p. 22. Image kindly provided by Lewis Solomon (January 2021).

Free Lance Roll of Honour Portraits, from Left to Right. Lieut. A.H. Madden, Pilot Officer, E.T. Coo …

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  • Title
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    Sydney Allan AWMM
  • Surname
    Dyer AWMM
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    • NZ40101 AWMM
    • WWII 40101 AWMM
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    8 October 1921 Noel Smith Research Project
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    Europe (Air Force) AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Sydney Dyer was the son of Sydney Samuel Dyer and May Elizabeth Dyer, of Portobello, Otago, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Reason for aircraft/air-crew loss.

      15-16 July 1941.
      75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF.
      RAF Base : Feltwell, Norfolk, UK.
      Aircraft Type: Blenheim Ic R3171.
      Aircraft/Air-Crew loss area : Over the North Sea.
      Taking off at 23:00 hours - from 75 Squadron RAF Base at Feltwell, Norfolk, UK - with 8 other aircraft from the Unit/Squadron.
      Blenheim Ic R3171 - piloted by New Zealander Robert Fotheringham RNZAF NZ/ 391833 - of Hamilton, New Zealand was lost without trace (believed shot down by German anti-aircraft fire). Only 2 bodies - of the 6 - crew men aboard R3171 were found including New Zealander Pilot Officer Robert Fotheringham. The remaining crew are remembered on the Runnymede (Air Force) Memorial to the Missing at Runnymede, Surrey, UK. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 - (England).
    • Correction to aircraft type : Should read Wellington Ic R3171 not a Blenheim. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 - Researcher
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    16 July 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
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    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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15 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
30 May 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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