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Ihaia William Trainor

W/O. I. W. Trainor, of Rotorua, missing on operations. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 25 OCTOBER 1944 p024. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19441025-24-32. Copyright or other restrictions may apply to this image.

W/O. I. W. Trainor, of Rotorua, missing on operations. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Wee …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ihaia William AWMM
  • Surname
    Trainor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ421795 AWMM
    • WWII 421795 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • Ngai Tuhoe Public - tahae - Other relative - 14 July 2020 - i am a descendant, family papers
  • Hapū
    hamua Public - tahae - Other relative - 14 July 2020 - descendant, famly papers
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I.W. Trainor (wife), Ferrydale, Lake Road, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ421795 AWMM
    • WWII 421795 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The New Zealand Herald reported on 19 September 1944 that W/O Trainor was missing on air operations. On 27 October 1945 the newspaper reported that he was presumed to have been killed in action.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    4 August 1944 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery, Calvados, France AWMM Coll. grave XI, D, 3-11 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

Remember Ihaia William Trainor by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Ihaia William Trainor

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  • Koro Ihaia, although I never met you I have named my son after you and we remember you every Anzac Day by coming to the Dawn Service and placing a poppy for you. Your moko Ihaia is an Air Cadet also, remembering you in this way. Ngaa mihi kia koe e rangatira, moe mai raa.
    Public - Angelique - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • 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


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14 July 2020tahaeauckland new zealandOther relative
25 April 2016AngeliqueNew ZealandDirect descendant

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