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Thomas Otto Metcalfe

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Portrait (provided by Thera Helmich.) - This image may be subject to copyright


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    Thomas Otto AWMM
  • Surname
    Metcalfe AWMM
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    • WWII NZ414386 AWMM
    • WWII 414386 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
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    • WWII NZ414386 AWMM
    • WWII 414386 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Thomas Metcalfe was the son of Joseph William Metcalfe, and of Dorothy Mary Metcalfe (nee Moore), of Norsewood, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand; nephew of Ellis Todd (11/862), of Hastings, Hawke's Bay.

    Metcalfe captained Wellington III bomber BJ828. On his fourth operation, he took part in a raid on Dusseldorf, Germany on the night of 10/11 September 1942. His plane was shot down and crashed near Cologne, Germany. Of the five crewmen aboard, four were New Zealanders, including Metcalfe. They were all buried in South Cologne but were later reinterred at Rheinberg.

    There is a reference to Tom Metcalfe in the diary of Sergeant Pilot Raymond Herbert John Broady (NZ39691). [Ref. MS 883]

    The other three New Zealanders were the navigator, Plt Off Kevin Devlin; the air bomber, Sgt Walter Kelcher; and the wireless operator, Sgt Desmond Walshe. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 September 1942 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    CologneGermany AWMM
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    Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany AWMM Coll. grave 4. A. 20-21. AWMM
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  • David Kenneth Price Thomas Otto Metcalfe was my mothers half brother Joseph William Metcalfs son. Therefore he was my cousin.
    Public - David Kenneth - Other Relative - 27 April 2015
  • My name is Marie Rose Thompson (Price) daughter of Henry John Price and Jessie Metcalfe. Thomas Otto Metcalfe is my cousin, my Mum's brothers son. RIP Tommy
    Public - Marie - Child - 26 April 2015



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27 April 2015David KennethHastings New ZealandOther Relative
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