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Dudley John Opie

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Dudley John AWMM
  • Surname
    Opie AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    NZ414911 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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  • Dudley Opie was the son of Charles and Katherine Brown Opie of Te Kuiti, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    CanadaNorth America AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Portage-La-Prairie (Hillside) Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada AWMM Lot 367 Block 2 Grave 2 AWMM
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  • An old relative of mine in Canada heard the crash and next day saw the bodies brought in, and then tended the graves for the rest of her life. I have a letter that relatives might like. Those killed in the crash were Arthur Dennison Marshall RNZAF 422303, Dudley John Opie/Opey, 414911, and Alexander Balfour Spence 425001 "On this flight there was one Canadian civilian pilot, and three New Zealand airmen. The names of the three were Flight Sergeant Dudley John Opey, son of Charles and Katherine Opey of Te Kuiti, Auckland. He was 20 years old. L.A.C. Arthur Dennison Marshall, only son of James Wylie and Sarah Antoine Marshall, Half Moon Bay, Stewart Island. He was 31 years old. L.A.C. Alexander Balfour Spence, husband of Margaret Josephine Spence of Davenport, Auckland, and son of George and Mary Spence. He was 32 years old. They are buried in the Hillside Cemetery at Potage La Prairie,"
    Public - don - 16 May 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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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