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Charles William Kelvin Nicholls

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles William Kelvin AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicholls AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 34224 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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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
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1934 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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    • Served as a test pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF), 1940-41.

      Commanding Officer (CO) of Handling Squadron, Empire Flying School, 1942.

      Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Wing Commander, 28 February 1943.

      CO of Training Wing, RNZAF Ohakea, 1943.

      CO of NZ Fighter Wing, RNZAF, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 9 February 1944.

      Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of North Group and Group Captain, 1944.

      SASO of 46 Group, "Tpt" Command, RNZAF, 1945-46.

      Commanded 24 Commonwealth Squadron, RAF, 1946-48.

      Air Attache, Nanking, China, 1948-49.

      Retired on 7 October 1958.

      New Zealand WWII Ace.

      Haigh & Polaschek note that Nicholls has died but give no details. AWMM
    • 11 November 1939: Injured during a forced landing near Petersfield, Hampshire, UK. Blenheim L8862 (written off). Plane departed the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK. Public - Kate - Researcher - 26 August 2020 -
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
      p.356 AWMM


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26 August 2020KateSouthampton, UKResearcher
28 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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