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Tame Hawaikirangi Thomas Waerea

Group photo, WW2, Waerea is in the second row, 2nd from right. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group photo, WW2, Waerea is in the second row, 2nd from right. - This image may be subject to copyri …


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 July 1915 AWMM Hawkes BayNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Takumanawa Waerea (wife), 10 Churton St, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 April 1943 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ421300 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorial Cadets (2 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 25 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Storeman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Orcades AWMM

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 1/4 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Scar on Right forearm & right lower leg AWMM
    • Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Niwa and Emere Waerea of Nuhaka, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

    According to family, Pilot Officer Waerea was one of three Maori in the initial intake to the Air Force in World War II. At the time of his death, he was an Air Gunner.

    Sergeant - 19 March 1943

    Flight Sergeant - 19 September 1943

    Pilot Officer - 24 September 1943

    Was a rear Gunner.

    Pilot Officer Waerea was a member of the crew of a Stirling Aircraft involved in an attack on Hanover on the night 27/28 September 1943. The aircraft failed to return and he was classified as missing (The New Zealand Herald noted on 9 November 1943 that Pilot Officer F.H. Waerea was missing on air operations.) Later information was received from a source to the International Red Cross, that he had lost his life. (On 23 November the Herald recorded that he was missing believed killed.)

    A post-war casualty search found that the plane had crashed near Heilseded, and that he was buried there. Flight Sergeant R.C. Whitmore of Pukekohe and Flying Officer D.M. Adamson of Auckland also perished in the plane. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 September 1943 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM Joint Grave 8. C. 5-6 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • 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
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      vol.3, p.489 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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