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Arthur James Falconer

Biography for Arthur James Falconer. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ea - Gw. ARchives New Zealand (R17845610-0148). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Arthur James Falconer. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Per …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur James AWMM
  • Surname
    Falconer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ39910 AWMM
    • WWII 39910 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 July 1917 RNZAF Biographies (R17845610) New PlymouthTaranaki RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • William Mowat and Helen Francis Falconer, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs W. M. Falconer of Wanganui 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
    Pilot Officer RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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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    • Attended Wanganui Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)) AWMM
    • Reason for aircraft/crew loss :

      75 Squadron Wellington IC T2503 - piloted by New Zealander Pilot Officer Arthur J. Falconer - took off from RAF Feltwell, at Norfolk, England - at 19:00 hours for an air bombing operation to Wilhelmshaven. There were 54 Wellington bombers on this air mission.

      Wellington IC T2503 was "coned" by German search lights between 22:05 and 22:11 hours. It was soon after shot down by Stabsbaterie 1.3 and 5./M Flak battery 226 based at Nordeney. Pilot Officer Falconer's Wellington IC T2503 came down into the North Sea - and the aircraft and all crew were lost without trace.
      They are remembered at the Runnymeade Memorial to the Air Force Missing at Surrey, UK.

      The aircrew of the last operation of Wellington IC T2503 were :

      1. Pilot Officer Arthur James Falconer RNZAF # NZ39910 - aged 23.
      2. 2nd PIlot Squadron Leader Edward Ulric Guerin Solbe : RAF # 34090.
      3 Navigator Pilot Officer Anthony Vincent Muir RNZAF # NZ40195. Aged 29.
      4. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant "Don" William Donald Morrison RAF # 946356.
      5. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant Harry T. Hellier RA # 650057 - aged 22.
      6. Air Gunner Andrew Moore Brodie RNZAF # 391378 - aged 25 years. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 9 November 2019 - Reference : (England)
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About death

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  • Death
    21 February 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 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

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ea - Gw. Archives New Zealand (R17845610) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) 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


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
12 March 2023Stephen JamesWhanganuiOther relative
12 May 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
17 April 2021ChrisAucklandResearcher
26 September 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
09 November 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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