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John Bernard Gudgeon

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Bernard AWMM
  • Surname
    Gudgeon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ428786 AWMM
    • WWII 428786 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 September 1921 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    St Albans, New Zealand Public - Stephen John - Other Relative - 3 February 2015 - "Births", Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17246, 9 September 1921, Page 1
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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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
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of John Edmund Gudgeon and of Mildred Gudgeon (nee Trolove), of Christchurch, Canterbury AWMM
    • 75 (New Zealand) Squadron : Lancaster ILM 228 AA-D

      Reason for Loss
      Taking off with 7 other aircraft from 75 (New Zealand) Squadron – from RAF Base Mepal, Cambridgeshire, England – at 19.35 hours on 11 September 1944 for air operations (Operation Code Named : Gardening) over Kattegat, Denmark, area. 68 aircraft from other Squadrons also participated in this mission.
      All aircraft delivered their mines to the target area and were returning when Lancaster ILM 228 AA-D was intercepted and shot down by a German fighter (Oblt Arnold Brinkmann (8.NJG-3).
      2 crew – Flight Engineer Colin Fowler RAFVR (evaded capture) and RNZAF Flt Sgt David Wilcox (POW) survived the bomber crash landing. All other RNZAF crew aboard were killed.
      RNZAF Crew aboard were
      RNZAF Pilot Wilson Orchard Hadley NZ426041 – Christchurch – killed.
      RNZAF Navigator Pilot Officer John Bernard Gudgeon NZ428786 – Christchurch - killed.
      RNZAF Air Bmdr Flight Sergeant David John Robert Wilcox NZ421244 (POW)
      RNZAF Wireless Op/ Air Gunner John Patrick Arthur Giles NZ425836 – Christchurch – killed.
      RNZAF Air Gunner Flt Sgt William James Victor Boyd NZ 428303 – Nelson – killed.
      RNZAF Air Gunner Flt Sgt John Matthew Biggar NZ 427945 – Wanganui. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 20 April 2019 - (England)
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About death

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  • Death
    12 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    DenmarkEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Svino Churchyard, Svino, Southern Zealand, Denmark AWMM Coll. grave 88. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 2 p. 274; vol. 3 p. 221 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Missing - United Kingdom, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845745) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
26 June 2017kelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
03 February 2015Stephen JohnMelbourne, AustraliaOther Relative

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