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John Edward Rule

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


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Rule AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ416543 AWMM
    • WWII 416543 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 April 1916 RNZAF Biographies (R17845615) MastertonWairarapa RNZAF Biographies (R17845615)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Elizabeth Annie Rule (mother), 269 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. E. Rule. 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
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845615)
  • 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
  • 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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  • John Rule was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Annie (nee Allen) Rule, of Auckland.

    Primary school, Ponsonby School 1921 - 1929

    He attended secondary school at Seddon Memorial Technical College, Auckland in 1930, 1931 and after that he continued his studies by night classes at the same institution.

    He played tennis and was also interested in swimming and yachting.

    After leaving school he was employed in the hairdressing trade and was employed by his father at the time he applied for enlistment - 30 November 1941 ? in aircrew on 28 April 1941?

    Embarked for the United Kingdom on 16 September 1942. Arrived at No. 3 Personnel Reception centre, Bournemouth on 19 November 1942.

    6 August 1943 posted to No. 103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire.

    Posted early October 1943 to Pathfinder Force.

    Died on a bombing raid, the bomber was attacked and crashed.

    Debris from the crash site was recovered during March 1973.

    Attended Seddon Memorial Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845615)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 January 1944 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Vollenhove (Stad-Vollenhove) General Cemetery, Overijssel, Netherlands AWMM Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 622. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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

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  • I came across the war grave of John Rule today while visiting the town of Vollenhove. I am still amazed, after having living in the Netherlands for six years now ( I am from Wanganui) at how many of our young men died and whose graves are scattered over Europe. I always like to stop and pay my respects at their graves. Also of our Aussie cousins. We thank them for their selfless sacrifice.
    Public - Vicki - Self - 18 June 2019



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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
      More information about this service and operations is held on his Cenotaph file AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Qu - Sl. Archives New Zealand (R17845615) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) 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


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 February 2023KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
18 June 2019VickiBaak, Netherlands Self
12 November 2018DavidUnited KingdomResearcher

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