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Reginald Wilfred Prout

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Wilfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Prout AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ39936 AWMM
    • WWII 39936 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 December 1918 RNZAF Biographies (R17845614) MastertonWairarapa RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr T. Prout (father), 58 Bentley Street, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Prout of Masterton 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
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

      Attended Masterton Technical School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)) AWMM
    • Son of Mr T. Prout - of Masterton, Wairarapa District, New Zealand. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 24 April 2019 - Researcher
    • Details of last Air Operation 6-7 November 1940.

      Reason for Loss :

      58 Squadron Whitley V P4943 GE-P - with 5 crew aboard including RNZAF Flight Sergeant Reginald Prout of Masterton, New Zealand took off at 17.10 hours - from RAF Base Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire England - on air operation - 'Operation Hamburg'.
      At 00.18 hours - on their return journey the Wireless Operator transmitted an SOS message - since that signal was made nothing further was heard of P4943 or her crew.
      It was calculated they were approx. 10 miles off the Coast of Lowestaff - over the North Sea.
      As nothing further was heard of P4943 her crew were listed as missing - believed killed - despite searches being made for them.

      The crew - including Flight Sergeant Reginald Prout of New Zealand were

      1. Pilot-Officer Sgt Francis R. Elton (Surrey, England) - RAFVR 75485 - aged 19 (killed).
      2. Observer Sgt Edward A. Shapland (Enfield, Middlesex, England) - RAFVR746954 - aged 22 years. (killed)
      3. Wireless Operator- Air Gunner Sgt Lionel B. Breeze (Alton, Hampshire, England - RAFVR 75507 - aged 31 (killed).
      4. Wireless Operator-Air Gunner Sgt Granville Graham (Leigh, Lancashire, England) - RAFVR - aged 22 years (killed).
      All crew - of 58 Squadron RAF P4943 - are remembered on the Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey, England. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 24 April 2019 - (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    6 November 1940 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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