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Neville Whitford Walders

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Neville Whitford AWMM
  • Surname
    Walders AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    41758 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
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  • Place of birth
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1939-1945 WW2 AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    41758 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Neville Walders was the son of Edward and Hilda Walders; husband of Jane W. Walders, of Criccieth, Caernarvonshire. AWMM
    • Born 16 December 1916 - at Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand.

      Son of Edward (died 1938) and Hilda Walder of Nelson, New Zealand.

      Neville was an Old Boy of Hamilton High School.

      Neville was living at Nelson, South Island, New Zealand - when he applied to, and was accepted, into the RAF - on a Short Service Commission - at England in 1938. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 4 April 2019 - Papers Past (New Zealand) : Flying Officer N W Walders.
    • Base : RAF Luqa, Malta.

      The 2 crew-members of the Blenheim aircraft - piloted by Flying Officer Neville Walders - of New Zealand were -
      1) Observer Sergeant Stanley Jones : RAFVR # 1053361 - aged 26 - killed.
      2) Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant William Karl Hunting : R62717 - aged 20 - killed.

      Reason for Loss:

      4 Blenheim aircraft took off. from RAF Luqa Base at Malta, for a shipping sortie off the South Coast of Sicily. 2 aircraft returned to RAF Base soon after - both with engine trouble. The other 2 Blenheims - one of them piloted by New Zealander Flying Officer Neville Walders - did not return from the operation to the RAF Base at Malta.
      An Italian Wireless Station reported that 2 aircraft had collided and crashed near Capo Alessio, Sicily.
      It is thought that at the time the 2 RAF Blenheims were being attacked and had collided with each other at 14:00 hours.
      The 3 crew members of the other Blenheim (Z7638) - flown by Wing Commander Frazer Apsley Harte DFC (RAF # 70839) - were all killed.
      Both crews of the 2 RAF Blenheims are buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.
      I Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 4 April 2019 - Information use with permssion of (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    9 October 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy AWMM Coll. grave I. H. 19. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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