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Harold Wright Bruce Heney

'NEW ZEALAND AIRMEN IN LONDON.—Sergeant I. G. Medwin (left), of Hamilton, New Zealand. He recently returned to London from Egypt, where he flew Wellingtons. He wears the Flying Boot, which indicates that he was shot down over enemy territory and walked home as best he could. Warrant Officer H. W. B. Heney (right) was also in Egypt and saw Medwin shot down in flames, but did not know who he was. He comes from North Canterbury.' The Press, 17 November 1942.

'NEW ZEALAND AIRMEN IN LONDON.—Sergeant I. G. Medwin (left), of Hamilton, New Zealand. He recently r …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Wright Bruce AWMM
  • Surname
    Heney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harold Wright Heney AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ39918 AWMM
    • WWII 39918 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1920 AWMM KaiapoiCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Father: Mr. H. Heney. Carew St, Kaiapoi AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. & Mrs. H. Heney of Kaiapoi AWMM
  • Relationship status


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, 23 June 1944. Citation: "This officer was the captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Dortmund one night in May 1944. When over the target area the aircraft caught fire, but Squadron Leader Heney continued his bombing run. The flames reached dangerous proportions and became a target for the enemy's defences. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Heney made an effort to extinguish the flames and, as they subsided, turned for home. One engine was useless, but he maintained a steady course and later, although his aircraft sustained more damage in an attack by a fighter, he landed safely at base. This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties and has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and devotion to duty." (Haigh & Polaschek, p330) 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 Oct 1939 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Motor vehicle instructor/Civilian AWMM
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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Harold and Ann Ada Heney, of Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Husband of Jane Mary Heney, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

    Attended West Christchurch High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France AWMM Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 7. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol.3, p. AWMM
    • 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM

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