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Terence John Soper

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Terence John AWMM
  • Surname
    Soper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ412908 AWMM
    • WWII 412908 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    West Africa (Air Force) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ412908 AWMM
    • WWII 412908 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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 Algernon Leslie Soper and of Jean Winifred Soper (nee Vaughan), of Takaka, Nelson. AWMM
    • Flight-Sergeant Terence Soper - of Takaka, Nelson District - was an Air Crew of RAF Liberator - flown by Flying Officer Lloyd Trigg (posthumous) VC - who on 11 August 1943 whilst 386kms off the Coast of Dakar, North Africa spotted a German U-Boat (U-468) on the sea's surface.
      Flying Officer Trigg attacked the U-Boat but the Liberator was mortally damaged by deck fire from the U-Boats guns. Whilst the Liberator was badly damaged, and on fire, Flying Officer Trigg continued to advance and attack the submarine.
      Passing over the bridge of the U-Boat the bomb doors of the Liberator opened and 'ash cans' were dropped causing catastrophic damage to the U-Boat. The Liberator continued on for 300 metres - from the U-Boat - before crashing into the sea and exploding - with the loss of all 8 crew aboard ( 5 New Zealanders including Terence; 2 Britons and 1 Canadian).
      Of the 42 Germans - aboard the U-Boat - only 7 survived the U-Boat sinking and subsequent shark attacks which cost the lives of 13 of the U-Boat crew.
      An inflatable raft from the RAF Liberator was located and the U-Boat Commander and 7 of his crew remained in this until spotted, the following day, by a RAF search plane - who thought the men in the raft were the crew of the Liberator.
      On the word of the U-Boat Commander Klemens Schamong Flying Officer Lloyd Trigg - of Northland, New Zealand - was posthumously awarded the VC.

      Flight Sergeant Terence Soper is remembered in his hometown - Takaka, Nelson District - on the Takaka War Memorial - Takaka township, Nelson District. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 8 December 2018 - Researcher
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About death

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  • Death
    8 November 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Atlantic Ocean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    • Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM
    • Takaka War Memorial, Tasman District, Nelson Region. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 8 December 2018 - Researcher

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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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27 March 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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