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Edward Bertram Hewitt

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Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward Bertram AWMM
  • Surname
    Hewitt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ted Hewitt AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405269 AWMM
    • WWII 405269 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 September 1922 AWMM OpotikiBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr G. Hewitt (father), Waimana, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. G. Hewitt, Waimana, Bay of Plenty AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. G. Hewitt of Waimana AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr & Mrs G. Hewitt, Waimana, New Zealand

    Attended Gisborne High School and Bower's Engineering School, Auckland.

    Awarded Flying Badge 5 May 1941.

    Moved toward end of 1941 with his squadron to Burma from where he saw action against the Japanese.

    A family informant writes: ' After the war ended, my grandparents had a visit from a fellow Airman who was in the air with Ted that day. He felt they should know that he had seen Ted attacked by a Japanese fighter. Ted bailed out as the plane went down; the Japanese plane returned and shot him as he parachuted down. This was not easy for them [grandparents] to know, nor for the fellow to tell them but he felt they would want to be aware, rather than always wonder what had happened to him. It seems strange that this was not reported in [official] records!'

    Official sources say 'On 25 December 1941 Sergeant Hewitt was pilot of a Buffalo fighter which took off from Mingaladon, Burma, to engage approaching enemy aircraft, and in the ensuing aerial combat Sergeant Hewitt was killed.'

    Attended Gisborne High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    25 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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
    • 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Killed - Officers (Canada, Pacific, Europe) - Airmen (Canada, India and Far East)]. Archives New Zealand (R17845748) 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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