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Raymond George Cuthbert Payne

Flight Sergeant RG Payne and JD MacMillan of No. 487 Squadron, about to climb into the cockpit of a Mosquito. Unknown location. Image kindly provided by Air Force Museum of New Zealand, PR9059, CC BY-3.0

Flight Sergeant RG Payne and JD MacMillan of No. 487 Squadron, about to climb into the cockpit of a …


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    Raymond George Cuthbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Payne AWMM
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    • NZ42446 AWMM
    • WWII 42446 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • War
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ42446 AWMM
    • WWII 42446 AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Raymond Payne was the son of Thomas George Payne and of Winifred Haigh Payne (nee Jebson); nephew of Edith Ann Jebson, of Sheffield, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial.

    Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 February 1944 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM 2. K. 3. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM

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  • I am Walter Payne's granddaughter - Raymond was Walter's half brother.
    I have some information about Raymond that my grandfather has passed down through the family. I am very happy to make contact if anyone would like it - as well as would love to know more about Raymond if anyone has anything.
    Public - Dana Rebecca - Other relative - 22 June 2020
  • Raymond George Cuthbert Payne and his Navigator John Dunch McMillan, RNZAF. were tragically killed on Thu 24 Feb 1944 when the aircraft they were flying - DH Mosquito LR343, was seen to break up in the air and crash 2 miles north of Nuthampstead, U.K. I Grew up in the Village of Nuthampstead and as a child i was told stories of the Mosquito that crashed locally. It sparked a fire in me and a coupe of years ago a friend of mine located the crash site of this aircraft. Over the last 2 years we have put a lot of hours into finding out what went wrong for them that day. A full (non destructive) site survey was carried out by University experts in Nov 2014. Research is on-going and we now have a clearer picture emerging. I would love to hear from anyone who knew Ray or John. Or any surviving family/relatives. We are happy to share any information we might have that you may not.
    Public - Dominic - Researcher - 5 July 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    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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04 September 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
22 June 2020Dana RebeccaNorth Canterbury New Zealand Other relative
05 July 2015DominicNuthampstead, United KingdomResearcher

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