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Edgar James Kain

Edgar James (Cobber) Kain. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: PAColl-5547-011. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Edgar James (Cobber) Kain. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photogra …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edgar James AWMM
  • Surname
    Kain AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Cobber AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39534 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 June 1918 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 George William Reginald and Nellie Maira Kain, Wadestown, Wellington AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39534 AWMM
  • Military service
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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
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Medical history

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Reginald G. Kain, and of Nellie Kain, of Wadestown, Wellington

    Enlisted with the RAF in England, he attended elementary flying training in Brough, Hampshire, and the promoted to acting pilot on 21 December 1936.

    He became engaged to English actress Joyce Philips a few weeks before he was killed

    Credited with shooting down 16 enemy aircraft. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    7 June 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cemetery
    Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France AWMM 1A. C. 8. AWMM
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03 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
05 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
19 March 2015Te PapaWellington, New ZealandResearcher

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