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John Alfred Hegman

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Portrait, awarded DSO from The Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, awarded DSO from The Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Hegman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ411508 AWMM
    • WWII 411508 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 June 1904 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 6 May 1944. Citation: "One night in January 1944, Acting Squadron Leader Hegman, [DFC], was pilot and captain of one of a force of bombers detailed to attack Berlin. Early in the outward journey, some important gear became ineffective. Never the less Squadron Leader Hegman decided to continue his mission and eventually reached the target some 10 minutes after the attack was scheduled to end. In spite of the strong defences, the Squadron Leader made a successful bombing run and afterwards flew back to an airfield in this country where he effected a safe landing. His efforts on this occasion were typical of the determination and fearlessness he has invariably shown in pressing home his attacks on the enemy. He is a gallant and skillful pilot and leader whose sterling qualities have impressed all." (Haigh & Polaschek, p329) AWMM
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Air Crew Europe Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Mar 1941 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM

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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  • John Hegman was the son of Alfred and Mary Clair Hegman, of Auckland. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 February 1944 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany AWMM 2. N. 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Warkworth RSA, 1939 - 1945, Warkworth AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Warkworth RSA, 1939 - 1945, wood inlay, Warkworth AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • My father, Harry Cushman, was a good friend of John Hegman. They farmed together north of Auckland and John made frequent visits to Raglan before WW2 where my father was the publican of the Raglan Harbour View hotel. I have a number of old photographs of John on active service during WW2. My older brother, Michael John Cushman, my twin brother, John Brett Cushman, and I, John Grant Cushman, are all named after John Hegman.
    Public - John Grant - Friend - 23 January 2016

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2201497
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, Volplane Press. AWMM
    • 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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