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William Arthur Kalka

In snow at Volkel January 1945. Image from Lee Melles collection. Caption from Sortehaug, P. (1998). p. 207. left to right, back row: Keith Alexander Smith, William Arthur Kalka, William John Campbell, Andrew Ralph Evans, Neville Joseph Powell, Brian John O Connor, Owen David Eagleson, William Alan Liddell Trott, Loyd James Appleton, Raymond Jack Danzey. Front row; Sydney john Short, Colin James McDonald, Thomas Michael Fenton, Cornelius James Sheddan, Harold Longley, Keith Frederick Thiele, Arthur Ernest Umbers, Evan Mackie, Joseph Crafts, Robert Spurdle, John Edward Wood, Ross Alexander Melles, Alan Clive Inclis, William Lister Miller. - This image may be subject to copyright

In snow at Volkel January 1945. Image from Lee Melles collection. Caption from Sortehaug, P. (1998). …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Kalka AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ415415 AWMM
    • WWII 415415 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
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  • Birth
    12 June 1923 AWMM AWMM
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  • War
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
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    • WWII NZ415415 AWMM
    • WWII 415415 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • William Kalka was the son of Richard John Kalka and Annie Kalka (nee Boggs), Grey Lynn, Auckland.

    On the 25th of March 1945, flying officer W.A. Kalka led a section of aircraft of 486 squadron on an offensive patrol over Germany. During the mission, W.A. Kalka's aircraft was hit by anti aircraft fire. He made a parachute descent, but unfortunately landed in the Maas (River Meuse) and drowned. A Dutch lady, Riet Janssen, had tried to save him but was unable to do so. Kalka's body was recovered from the river in April 1945. He lies buried in Uden. Public source. AWMM
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  • Death
    25 March 1945 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Uden War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands AWMM 6.F.8 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Loonsewaard, Wijchen, Netherlands AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Sortehaug, P. (1998). The wild winds : the history of number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF5. Dunedin, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      vol.3, p.279 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


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