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Ivan Kippenberger

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    Ivan AWMM
  • Surname
    Kippenberger AWMM
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    • NZ413429 AWMM
    • WWII 413429 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
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    • NZ413429 AWMM
    • WWII 413429 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

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    • Ivan Kippenberger was the son of Maurice Philip and Lena May Kippenberger of Lower Hutt AWMM
    • Embarked for Canada 17 November 1941.
      Navigator's Badge awarded 25 April 1942. Then promoted to Flight Sergeant.
      Embarked for England 20 July 1942.
      Further training with No 5 Operational Training Unit.
      28 May 1943 : Training on aircraft type Wellington flying to Tunisia via Morrocco & Algiers 23-30 June 1943. Then joined 458 Squadron. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 22 January 2022 - Ref : (England)
    • 458 Squadron Wellington III HZ594.
      Operation : Shipping Reconnaissance.
      Date : 21-22 July 1943.
      Unit : 458 Squadron (RAAF)
      Aircraft Type : Wellington XIII
      Serial # : HZ594
      Base : Protville, Tunisia, North Africa.
      Location of Aircraft Loss : Tyrenanean Sea.

      HZ594 Crew Members :

      1. Flying Officer Gerald Louis Baker RCAF #J/20378 - aged 26 years - missing believed killed.
      2. 2nd Pilot : Sergeant Frederick C. Kingston RAFVR # 1384540 - Killed.
      3. Observer Flight Sergeant Ivan Kippenberger RNZAF NZ/413429 - aged 20 years - missing believed killed.
      4. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant Lawrence Herbert Johnson RAFVR # 1333888 - missing believed killed.
      5. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Lawrence Sidney Hill RAFVR # 1332496 - missing believed killed.
      6. Air Gunner Ronald Wilkinson RAFVR # 1239994 - aged 22 years - killed.

      Reason for Aircraft Loss :

      Taking off from RAF Protville, Tunisia, North Africa - at 21:30 hours - to carry out an armed reconnaissance West of Sardinia - and from Corsica to Toulon - coastwise to Spezia and returning West of Corsica and Sardinia.

      At 01.35 hours a sighting report was broadcast and acknowledged by 'R'.
      At 03.20 hours the aircraft sent out a message to Base - "Request Instructions" and it was directed to return to base. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft - and it did not return to Base.

      In 1946 and 1947 the RAF Missing Research and Enquiry Unit interviewed locals who stated that in the early hours of 22 July 1943 they saw an aircraft flying very low - just out to sea - off Bastia.
      A group of Italian ships outside the harbour - and a number of shore-based flak units - opened fire on the aircraft - and shot down the aircraft.
      They also reported the Italians took 3 dead and 3 seriously injured air-crew from the aircraft - and that the 3 dead were taken to either Piobino or Livorno. Italian records have not been available - but it is a strong local story.
      The Cemetery Custodian informed the MREU that the name of the 3rd body was Sergeant Ronald Wilkinson - but they found that nothing was found in the exhumed grave 1.A.8

      Note : Protville Air-Field was 25kms North-West of Tunisia - and was built by the United States Army Engineers in 1943 - during the Tunisian Campaign. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 22 January 2022 - Reference : (England)
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About death

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  • Death
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
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    • Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Thank you Uncle Ivan. Your selflessness and bravery is not forgotten. I know you are missed, I am sorry we never got to meet you. So young, so much life unlived but thanks to you and all our brave ANZAC soldiers we enjoy a life of freedom and choice. Rest in peace.
    Public - Megan - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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


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22 January 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
22 January 2022JeniferWairarapaResearcher
25 April 2015MeganAustraliaOther Relative

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