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Francis Esme Theodore Hewlett

Francis ET Hewlett in RNZAF uniform complete with 'NZ' wings

Air Commodore Francis ET Hewlett RNZAF

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Esme Theodore AWMM
  • Surname
    Hewlett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 1078 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1891 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
    London, England AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Joined Royal Navy (RN) as a Naval Cadet in 1904.

    Received Royal Aero Club Certificate (No 156) in 1911 and posted to Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).

    Took part in the first RN bombing raid on Cuxhaven, 25 December 1914, and was brought down and interned in Holland. He was later repatriated as a "shipwrecked mariner".

    Promoted to Flight Commander in 1915.

    Posted as Commander to the Seaplane Station, Dunkirk.

    Commanded 63 Seaplane Wing, Aegean Sea.

    Transferred to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Squadron Leader in 1919.

    Promoted to Wing Commander and appointed Commanding Officer (CO) of Calshot Station, UK, in 1923.

    Group Captain at RAF Leuchars, Fife, 1930.

    Retired to New Zealand in 1934.

    Enlisted as Wing Commander in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and appointed Commander of RNZAF Ohakea, 1940.

    CO of RNZAF Hobsonville, July 1941.

    Group Captain and Air Force Member for Supply, Air Board, January 1942.

    Acting Air Commodore, April 1943.

    Air Commodore, January 1945.

    Retired 1945. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 November 1974 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM


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