Māori › Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham Born 8 December 1911 - Died 16 July 1941 PDF Key details Service numberWWII NZ391833 AWMM WWII 391833 AWMM Also known as Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Last rankSergeant AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesRobert Ewen Ernest AWMM SurnameFotheringham AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberWWII NZ391833 AWMM WWII 391833 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth8 December 1911 Public Source Date of birthDecember 8th, 1911. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - Research Place of birthAuckland New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - RESEARCH Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupationClerk Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 14 June 2020 - Research Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaign Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Service numberWWII NZ391833 AWMM WWII 391833 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency Enlistment Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Killed on air operations AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankSergeant AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 lossTaking 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 : www.aircrewremembered.com (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 - www.zzairwar.com Correction to aircraft type. Should read Wellington Ic R3171 not a Blenheim. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 30 May 2019 - Researcher Read more Death About death Contribute › Death16 July 1941 AWMM Age 29 AWMM Europe AWMM Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Death notes CemeteryBergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands AWMM 30. A. 3. AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameTakapuna 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 Roll of Honour Remember Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham by laying a poppy. John Somerville Fotheringham Robert Bauchop Fotheringham Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham William Fotheringham William Loftus Fotheringham Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham Leave a note Contribute › Processing Related objects Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 Library / Pictorial › manuscripts and archives MS-1993-139 Sources Sources Contribute › External linksMinistry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand History online. Takapuna War Memorial. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/takapuna-war-memorial Further Reference Commonwealth War Graves Commission record https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2033748 Sources Used DocumentsWeekly News AWMM Weekly News 22 October 1941, p.26 AWMM Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact 15 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher 30 May 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.