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Peter Reginald Kingsford

Biography for Peter Reginald Kingsford. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ib - Ly. Archives New Zealand (R17845612-0369). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Peter Reginald Kingsford. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased …


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  • Forenames
    Peter Reginald AWMM
  • Surname
    Kingsford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ41482 AWMM
    • WWII 41482 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    23 March 1920 RNZAF Biographies (R17845612) NelsonTasman RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)
  • Date of birth
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  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Father: Mr. A. R. Kingsford. 128 Nile St. Nelson AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. & Mrs. A. R. Kingsford of Nelson AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ41482 AWMM
    • WWII 41482 AWMM
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    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Peter Kingsford was the son of Alfred Reginald and Charlotte Kingsford, of Nelson, New Zealand.

      Attended Nelson College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)) AWMM
    • Reason for aircraft and crew (2) loss :

      RAF 40 Squadron Wellington Bomber Ic HX399 BL-S - piloted by New Zealander, and Nelsonian, Flight Sergeant Peter Reginald Kingsford - took off at 22:10 hours from RAF Shafulla base at Egypt to bomb the German-held harbour and shipping at Tobruk.
      1 hour later whilst climbing to 6000 feet the starboard engine exploded and caught fire. The crew jettisoned the bomb load and attempts were made to extinguish the fire. The Pilot (Flight Sergeant Peter Kingsford) ordered the crew to bale out of the aircraft. Peter remained with the aircraft - with 1 other crew member Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant Laing in an attempt to land the Wellington - after transmitting several SOS messages.
      The Wellington belly-landed at 23:15 hours in an isolated area - 10 miles West of Wadi Natrum.
      Sadly both crew men aboard the Wellington did not survive injuries received in the crash landing. They were both buried near the crash site - with a senior RAF Chaplain conducting the service. Both graves were subsequently lost in sand storms.
      Flight Sergeant Peter Kingsford and Wireless Op/Air Gunner Laing are both remembered at the Alamein War Memorial. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 11 September 2019 - Reference : (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    19 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    EgyptNorth Africa AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ib - Ly. Archives New Zealand (R17845612) - 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. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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11 September 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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