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William Leslie Knowles

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Portrait from The Weekly News; 3 September 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Knowles AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ402160 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 1940 AWMM Printer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Knowles was the son of Ellen Knowles, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

      Biographical details are found in an article about an embroidered silk memorial, a fragment from the parachute from the fatal, in the Review in 1974. The article includes a photograph of the silk. AWMM
    • William Leslie Knowles was born in New Plymouth on 24 December 1919 and on leaving school worked as a printer for the Taranaki Herald. In 1940 he enlisted with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and began his training. By February 1941 he had been promoted to Sergeant and was sent to the United Kingdom via Canada. His first operational posting was to No 106 Squadron based at Coningsby, Lincolnshire. On only his second operational flight the Hampden bomber he was pilot and captain of failed to return to base, with the loss of all crew on-board. The flight on 6 August 1941 took off to attack a target in Mannheim, Germany but crashed near Gendringen, Holland. William Knowles was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Gendringen, Holland. He was 21 years old. Public - Louise - Researcher - 22 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.
      Puke Ariki, Swainson/Woods Collection ARC#WD.054676
      Retrieved from https://collection.pukeariki.com/objects/157005
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Death

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  • Death
    6 August 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
    Wednesday, 6th august 1941 at 01:00 Public - G.J. - 24 February 2015 - My father and my uncle told me that, they lived in the house were he was crashed, i live in the house now, i have also some old pictures from after the crash, let me know if you want to see them.
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  • Place of death
    Gelderland province - Gendringen, about 16 kilometer southeast of Doetinchem Public - G.J. - 24 February 2015 - My father and my uncle told me that, they lived in the house were he was crashed, i live in the house now, i have also some old pictures from after the crash, let me know if you want to see them.
  • Cause of death
    • Killed in Action AWMM
    • His aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter Public - G.J. - 24 February 2015 - My father and my uncle told me that, they lived in the house were he was crashed, i live in the house now, i have also some old pictures from after the crash, let me know if you want to see them.
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Gendringen Roman Catholic Cemetery, Netherlands AWMM Row A. Grave 4. AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
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    • RSA review: the official journal of the N.Z. Returned Services' Association AWMM
      She didn't forget. (1974, June 19). Review. p. 10 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
22 July 2019LouiseNew Plymouth, New ZealandResearcher
24 February 2015G.J.Breedenbroek - Gendringen- NetherlandsOther