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Charles Edward Pheloung

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Pheloung AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ415200 AWMM
    • WWII 415200 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 May 1917 RNZAF Biographies (R17845614) RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)
  • Date of birth
    8 May 1917 Public - John - Researcher - 8 January 2022 - Errol Martyn For Your Tomorrow Vol3 page 393
  • Place of birth
    Wellington Public - John - Researcher - 8 January 2022 - Errol Martyn For Your Tomorrow Vol3 page 393
  • Birth notes
    Kelvin College Oamaru. Was a salesman Public - John - Researcher - 8 January 2022 - Errol Martyn For Your Tomorrow Vol3 page 393
  • Address before enlistment
    Oamaru Public - John - Researcher - 8 January 2022 - Errol Martyn For Your Tomorrow Vol3 page 393
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. C. Pheloung of Oamaru AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Charles and Annie Pheloung, of Oamaru, Otago

    An account of the accident was written in 2005 by Mr Alfred Lunn, a farmer, who rushed to the scene of the crash and helped rescue the survivors. It was send to Mr Basil Williams in Auckland. It reads:

    'To Mr Basil Williams - or Rear Gunner. Just a few lines to let you know more about the Halifax Bomber crashing near to us. I shall never forget that night (the night of 3/4 April 1943). My wife and I were in bed, when there was an almighty noise quite near. I jumped out of bed and all the field was alight and the searchlight lads running and shouting. I then realised what had happened and got dressed and ran to them. The heat was unbearable. We found you [Basil Williams] in a ditch in the turret some 200 yards from the burning plane. We took you into one of the army huts and sat you on a chair near the stove as your feet were wet and cold. I then joined Bombardier ? and we lifted part of the plane up to get the pilot out, but the heat was so intense that we had to let go. All my eyelashes and eyebrows were burned off. I then helped to carry the survivors to the roadside to be picked up by the Air Force truck. I then ran to see to you, and your feet were too hot near the stove so I pulled the chair back with you sitting on it. We then took Bill Kemp, the Flight Engineer into our house. My wife cleaned a big cut on his head and made him a cup of tea. We had no milk for the tea only what was in the milk cows, so my wife and Bert Hogward one of the soldiers went to the cow shed to milk a cow to get some milk. We weren't allowed to show a light on account of the German bombers so one had to strike matches while the other milked the cow.

    The injured were then picked up and we could go back to bed at 4am. I went back to the crash site two days later and I found either a burned foot or a hand. I think a hand. I rang Snaith [51 Squadron] HQ about it and they asked me if I could bury it. So I buried it in the garden.

    Going back to the survivors, one of them had a broken leg and the bone was sticking through his flying boot. I daresay that was Don Farely the Bomb Aimer as he had to have his leg amputated. May I say that you seem to have had a rough time in the Air Force, what crashing and prisoner, but thank God you survived.

    yours truly,

    Alfred E. Lunn

    Attended St Kevin's College, Oamaru (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Selby Cemetery, Yorkshire, England AWMM 5348 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Na - Py. Archives New Zealand (R17845614) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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