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William George Angus McCloud

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George Angus AWMM
  • Surname
    McCloud AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ425766 AWMM
    • WWII 425766 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 July 1922 AWMM HokitikaWestland AWMM
    Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr & Mrs G.J. McCloud (parents), Westland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. G. McCloud, South Beach via Greymouth, Westland AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. G. J. McCloud of Westland AWMM
  • Relationship status


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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • William McCloud was the son of George James McCloud and of Christina McCloud (nee Angus), of Cobden, Westland.

    Educated at Greymouth Technical High School.

    Awarded Wireless Operator Air Gunner Badge 1943

    Flight Sergeant (apt. 28.12.43)

    On returning to NZ, was employed as Wireless Operator Air Gunner in Grumman Avenger Aircraft in patrols and operational exercises.

    Was a member of a crew which forced landed in the sea on 15 March 1944, near Gisborne. There were no injuries.

    Left NZ for Bougainville on 22 May 1944.

    At time of his death, F/Sgt McCloud was on an operational flight. The Avenger was reported missing over New Britain, probably having crashed west of Vunakanau. Lt. J.C. Morrison (navigator) and the pilot Melvin Greenslade were the other crew members.

    Greenslade Place of death for all 3 Vunakanau Aerodrome shot down by Japanese Ack Ack NW of runaway 10 miles SW of Rabaul New Britain 9.50am Sunday 28th May 1944. (Public source, 7/07/15)

    Attended Greymouth Technical High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845613)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 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
    • 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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