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Arthur William Smith Evans

Portrait of Sergeant Arthur William Smith Evans, Auckland Weekly News, 18 November 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19421118-18-45. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sergeant Arthur William Smith Evans, Auckland Weekly News, 18 November 1942. Auckland Li …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur William Smith AWMM
  • Surname
    Evans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ402989 AWMM
    • WWII 402989 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1919 AWMM TaranakiNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Edward Evans and Caroline Evans (nee Smith) of Hawera, Taranaki. AWMM
    • Arthur was radio operator/air gunner on Halifax bomber W7656 when it crashed into Trondheimdfjord, Norway, on April 28th, 1942. They were attacking the battleship Tirpitz and damaged by flack from that. He and navigator A.B. Columbine perished. Four other crew survived and became prisoners of war. They were pilot D. Petley, wireless operator G.E. Cranstone, flight engineer G.P.Price and tail gunner G Pomrey. In 2014 the remains of the Halifax were discovered in the fjord. In 2017, Arthur's nephew Evan Lloyd and his wife Sally visited the crash site. In all, sixty four airmen perished during attacks on the Tirpitz. A Memorial to them has been erected at Faettenfjord, Norway. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 27 September 2020 - research
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About death

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  • Death
    29 April 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    NorwayEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 1, p.201 and Vol. 3, p.183 AWMM
    • 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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27 September 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
03 May 2015EvanFeildingOther Relative

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