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Rex Tawheta Mathieson

Formal group photo: [Class 81 N (2), No. 7 Air Observers School, 1943]. - This image may be subject to copyright

Formal group photo: [Class 81 N (2), No. 7 Air Observers School, 1943]. - This image may be subject …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rex Tawheta AWMM
  • Surname
    Mathieson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ4213267 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 October 1923 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. T. B. Mathieson of New Plymouth AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Lurline AWMM

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Parents : Mr & Mrs T.B. Mathieson, of New Plymouth, New Zealand.

    Educated at New Plymouth Convent & New Plymouth Boys' High School.

    Was a member of the Aerodrome Defence Unit at Ashburton for 5 months from October 1942.

    Awarded Air Observers Badge, and promoted to Sergeant on 10 December 1943.

    Promoted to Flight Sergeant June 1944.

    At the time of his death he was navigator in an Avenger which was engaged in a strike against anti-aircraft gun positions near Tobera runway. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Both crew , Mathieson and Fl/Sgt A.F. Walker are thought to have lost their lives.

    His squadron in Bougainville completed 12 major and 12 minor strikes on enemy installations at Rabaul, Simpson Harbour, Vunapope, and Kieta Aerodrome area.

    Attended New Plymouth Boys' High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845613)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea AWMM Joint grave C8. A. 11-12. 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Baigent, Claude Hern. Papers relating to war service, 1943-1944. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2006/28. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ma - McW. Archives New Zealand (R17845613) - 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 Missing - United Kingdom, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845745) AWMM


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