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Murray Scofield Aitchison



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Murray Scofield AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitchison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ426088 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 November 1914 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
    Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.S. Aitchison (wife), c/o Mrs M.J. Mann, Woodside, West Taieri, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ426088 AWMM
  • Military service
    Cadets (2 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      MM. New Zealand Gazette 1944. p. 1260 "Blown out of his aircraft when it suffered three hits from heavy anti-aircraft fire while in an aiming dive upon a strongly defended enemy airfield, this pilot, after parachuting to the ground, escaped from Japanese-held territory as a result of his own initiative and determination, and by his brave conduct in the face of grave difficulties, set a fine example. Flight Sergeant Aitchison landed within one mile of a Japanese aerodrome, but by travelling carefully, husbanding his strength, making the maximum use of cover and putting to best advantage the few facilities at his disposal, he succeeded after two days and one night in reaching a river, down which he floated in his rubber dinghy. This journey, made by night down a swift-flowing river, was hazardous in the extreme, as the pilot was tipped from his frail craft on several occasions, and throughout faced the imminent danger of detection by enemy patrols. He reached the sea and then paddled, on and off, for three nights and two days, against adverse currents, and was finally picked up by an Allied gunboat. Flight Sergeant Aitchison's escape from enemy territory followed a tour of duty marked by exceptional determination and devotion to duty.' Awarded on 10 August 1944. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Pacific Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      26 September 1944 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Initial Training Wing, Rotorua (16.11 - 19.12.42) AWMM
    • No.1 E.F.T.S., Taieri (4.1. - 5.3.43) AWMM
    • Initial Flying Training, Wigram (8.3. - 3.7.43) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 May 1942 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Agricultural Contractor/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fresh AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ranks : AC2 30.5.42

    LAC 26.11.42

    Sergeant (temp) 2.7.43

    Flight Sergeant 2.1.44

    Pilot Officer 1.8.44 (temp Commission)

    Awarded Flying Badge 10.5.43 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 September 1999 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Otago Daily Times AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Otago Daily Times AWMM
      Death notice: Otago Daily Times AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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