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John Spencer Horan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Spencer AWMM
  • Surname
    Horan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kiwi AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ40608 AWMM
    • WWII 40608 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 April 1920 AWMM OnehungaAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Widow: Mrs. G. M. Horan. 15 Langdale Rd, West Greenwich, London, England. AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. Phillip Horan of Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Air Gunner/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 February 1940 AWMM Farmhand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    9 January 1945 AWMMDied of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Horan was the son of Phillip and Doris Louise Horan, of Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Grace Monica Horan (nee Whitehead), and one son of Greenwich, London.

    "On 9 Jan 1945, a Sea Otter ASR aircraft of 292 Squadron RAF was on a reconnaissance trip off the Akyab coast when Japanese Oscar fighters came into atack. Warrant Officer Horan opened fire. Two minutes later he reported that he was hit. The 1st navigator went aft and found his unconscious ... Recovering consciousness as he was being dragged back into the fuseage, Warrant Officer Horan insisted on returning to his guns. He jammed them against his chest and continued to hold off the enemy. An engine was now on fire, the insturment panel shattered, the flaps shot away and the tail ablaze. Bullets from the enemy were continually passing through the aircraft. Warrant Officer Horan recieved further wounds ... but his fire never faltered. The pilot managed to land the blazing aircraft outside the breakers and beach her. " Hanson, p. 258-9. Post War efforts for the award of the Victoria Cross for Warrant Officer Horan were unsuccessful.

    Attended Matamata District High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 January 1945 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Myanmar (Burma)Southeast Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taukkyan War Cemetery, Rangoon, Myanmar AWMM 4. G. 16. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Tirau District 1939 - 1945, Tirau Museum, Tirau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). 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, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 258-9 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


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26 April 2017PierreSte-Anne-des-Plaines, CanadaResearcher

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