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Anthony Garwyth St John

Biography for Anthony Garwyth St. John. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Sm- Ty. Archives New Zealand (R17845616-0246). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Anthony Garwyth St. John. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Anthony Garwyth AWMM
  • Surname
    St John AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ404472 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 December 1913 RNZAF Biographies (R17845616) NelsonTasman RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs M. E. St. John, of Regina Canada AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr F. F. St. John of Auckand 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
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • Enlistment
  • 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Anthony St. John was the son of Francis F. and Doris St. John, of Nelson, New Zealand; husband of Margaret St. John, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

      Attended Nelson College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)) AWMM
    • Old Boy of Nelson College. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 15 October 2017 - Nelson College School List 1856-1924.
    • Brother of Squadron Leader John Ramsey St John DFC - born Nelson, New Zealand.

      Reason for Aircraft/Crew Loss:

      On 30 October 1944 De Havilland Mosquito DZ640-AZ-U - from 627 Squadron RAF based at RAF Woodhill Spa, Lincolnshire, England took off - with 2 aircrew aboard (1) Pilot - Flying Officer Anthony Garwyth St John (born Nelson, New Zealand) and (2) a Canadian Navigator Flying Officer La Verne John Dick of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
      The mission was to Walcheren.
      Whilst over the North Sea it is believed the Target Indicator exploded in the bomb bay of the aircraft. The Pilot (Anthony St John) radioed he and his Navigator were bailing out over the North Sea. Neither man survived. The body of Anthony St John was later recovered on the shoreline and he was buried at Oosetende New Communal Cemetery, Belgium. The body of the Navigator - Flying Officer Dick was not recovered. Flying Officer Dick is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial - to the Air Force Missing - at England. Public - Jenifer - Other relative - 15 July 2019 - Source : Air Safety Report Mosquito DZ640-AZ-U.
    • St John's Navigator was Flying Officer La Verne John Dick, J/17187, RCAF Public - Antonio - Researcher - 23 February 2024 - Internet research
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About death

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  • Death
    30 October 1944 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM Plot 9. Row 6. Grave 6. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Sm- Ty. Archives New Zealand (R17845616) - 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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23 February 2024AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
10 September 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
15 July 2019JeniferWairarapaOther relative

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