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William Robert Kofoed

Portrait of Squadron Leader William Robert Kofoed, Auckland Weekly News, 24 November 1943. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19431124-20-43. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Squadron Leader William Robert Kofoed, Auckland Weekly News, 24 November 1943. Auckland …


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    William Robert AWMM
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    Kofoed AWMM
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    WWII NZ404380 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    28 December 1915 AWMM OutramOtago AWMM
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    WW2 24 November 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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  • Appointed Acting Squadron Leader, 30 May 1944.

    Wing Commander, 1 November 1944.

    Returned to New Zealand, 30 May 1944.

    Commanding Officer (CO) of RNZAF Taieri, 6 November 1944.

    Bougainville, 1945.

    Aide-de-camp (ADC) to New Zealand's Governor-General, 1946 - 1948.

    Officer Commanding (OC) of 4 Otago (Territorial) Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1948 - 1950. AWMM


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    1978 AWMM
    OutramOtago AWMM
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  • Bill Kofoed was my grandfathers captain. My grandfather Thomas Latham joined his crew 25th June 1942 as his engineer. This crew comprising of Ian Batchelor (WOP), Harold Vivian Morton (Mid Gunner), Frederick Joseph Gerrish (Tail Gunner) and Garland Ashton Miles (Observer Navigator) flew in excess of 30 op’s together as 76 Squadron and later 462 Squadron. The flew 21 of those operations in Halifax II W 1156 ‘Y’. My research has revealed my grandfather was very lucky to have joined what was already an experienced crew. I have written my grandfathers biography and have discovered 2 photos of W 1156 ‘Y’ . One particular operation that stands out : 13th September 1942 the aircraft was detailed to attack AA gun positions at Tobruk. Bill Kofoed and crew made 16 runs over the target area from 10,000ft.

    Now looking for help to trace relatives of Bill to gain more information / photos.
    Public - Mark - Researcher - 18 June 2021
  • He was directly involved in the acquisition of the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero aircraft now displayed at the AWMM.
    Public - Stoney - Researcher - 16 September 2020



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    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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18 June 2021MarkNorfolk EnglandResearcher
16 September 2020StoneyTuakauResearcher
20 September 2019MDunedin NZOther

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