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Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Ewen Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Fotheringham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ391833 AWMM
    • WWII 391833 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 December 1911 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    December 8th, 1911. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - Research
  • Place of birth
    Auckland New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - RESEARCH
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Clerk Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - Research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ391833 AWMM
    • WWII 391833 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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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

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    • Robert Fotheringham was the son of John and May Fotheringham, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.

      He attended King's College 1926 -28 where he was a member of School House.

      He was a pilot with the Wellington Bombers; his squadron being heavily committed to raids on the Krupp heavy industries at Essen. After 30 operations, he was killed in action when his aircraft was damaged and set on fire.

      Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna. AWMM
    • Reason for aircraft/crew loss.

      Date: 15/16 July 1941.
      Base : RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, UK.
      Squadron : 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF.
      Squadron Motto : 'Ake Ake Kia Kaha - For Ever & Ever Be Strong'.
      Aircraft : Blenheim Ic R3171.
      Area of Aircraft/Crew loss : North Sea.

      Reason for loss
      Taking off at 23:00 hours - from 75 Squadron Base at Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom - together with 8 other aircraft from this Unit/Squadron. Aircraft was lost without trace - but was thought to have been hit by German anti-aircraft fire coming down in the North Sea. Only two bodies - including Pilot Officer Robert Fotheringham - were recovered. The crew are remembered on the Runnymede (Air Force) Memorial to the Missing - at Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

      Pilot Officer Fotheringham's crew included 3 other New Zealanders -
      1. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sydney Allan Dyer RNZAF NZ40101 - of Otago (aged 20 years).
      2. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Phillip E. Hare RNZAF NZ/401277 - of Hamilton (aged 19 years).
      3. Air Gunner Douglas M. MacKinnon RNZAF NZ 40923 - of Rangiriri, Auckland (aged 20 years).

      The other 2 crew - an Australian and an English-man were -
      1. 2nd Pilot : Sergeant Eric V.K. Higgins RAAF (Australia) Aus/400277 (aged 27 years).
      2. Observer-Sergeant Joseph H.C. Roberts R/54910 (aged 24 years). Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 - Reference : (England).
    • Pilot Robert Fotheringham washed ashore on the Dutch shore at Petten and buried there at the foot of the church. He had the German text on his cross 'Neuseeland Uffz.' (NCO from New Zealand). Post war he was exhumed and identified. He rests now in a 'Petten-row' in the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery' in the south-west of the Netherlands. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 -
    • Correction to aircraft type. Should read Wellington Ic R3171 not a Blenheim. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 - Researcher
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About death

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  • Death
    16 July 1941 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands AWMM 30. A. 3. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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15 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
30 May 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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