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Thomas Matthew Hunter

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Matthew AWMM
  • Surname
    Hunter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ42329 AWMM
    • WWII 42329 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 August 1921 Family source MartinboroughWellington Family source
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  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ42329 AWMM
    • WWII 42329 AWMM
  • Military service
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of John Hogan & Ettie (nee Hemi) Hunter. Family source. AWMM
    • New Zealander Sergeant-Observer Thomas Hunter RNZAF # 42329 was based at Air Training School- at Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, - Canada.
      On 26 January 1943 and with his 2 fellow crew members - Australians (RAAF) Pilot Officer Donald S. Cormack and Pilot Officer Stanley J. James were aboard a 34 Operational Training Unit Ventura I AE 665 as part of a 4 Ventura aircraft training exercise.
      During the exercise radio contact was lost with Ventura I AE665 and no further contact with the aircraft was made.
      50 aircraft searched for Ventura I AE665. A small amount of wreckage was found in the Northumberland Strait. All 3 crew aboard perished.
      It is believed the aircraft descended from 8,000 feet to get under cloud - and struck the water in the Northumberland Strait.
      For further information refer to Ventura I AE 665. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 12 March 2020 - Reference : (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    26 January 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    CanadaNorth America AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Cemetery
    Ottawa Memorial (Commonwealth Air Force Memorial), Ontario, Canada AWMM Panel 3. Column 1 AWMM
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  • We all love you poppa Thomas
    Public - lea - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • We all love you poppa Thomas
    Public - lea - Other relative - 25 April 2020



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    • 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
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
31 May 2020G ChristianPennfield, New Brunswick (Canada)Researcher
25 April 2020leaWaipawa, Central Hawke's BayOther relative
12 March 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher
25 October 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
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