T.R.Riwai

poppyTohunga Richard Riwai
Tohunga Richard Riwai
13th September 1918 ~ 21st February 1944
Enlisted: 07/03/42 Rotorua Initial Training Wing, New Zealand
Commissioned: 19/12/42 (NZ421764)
Trade: Pilot
SUMMARY OF SERVICE HISTORY
02/05/42 3 Elementary Flying Training School (RNZAF Station Harewood
29/07/42 – No. 1 Service Flying Training School (RNZAF Station Wigram )
19/10/42 – Pilot’s Wings awarded
19/12/42 – Granted Commission as Pilot Officer
10/01/43 – Attached to RAF & embarked for UK
18/03/43 – Arrived at 11 Personnel Dispersal and Reception Centre (Bournemouth, Dorset)
20/05/43 – 12 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit (RAF Grantham, Lincs)
03/08/43 – 60 OTU   (RAF High Ercall, Shropshire)
24/08/43 – 63 OTU (RAF Honiley, Warks)
07/12/43 – Posted to 488(NZ) Squadron RAF (RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex)
21/02/44Killed in Action
Interred at Brookwood Military Cemetery – 2.K.2, Woking, Surrey, England
Son of Ripai & Pita Riwai of Rotorua (New Zealand)
Husband of Katie Riwai (née Ratete)
Father of 3 children
Sources: Milana Milos (Granddaughter of Rick) & Errol Martin – “For Your Tomorrows”

 

Rick Riwai and his daughter, taken between 19th December and 10th January 1943

Rick Riwai and his daughter, taken between 19th December and 10th January 1943
Photo © Milana Milos

 

Rick Riwai boardin gn Airspeed Oxford (probably while with 1SFTS at RNZAF Station Wigram)  Photo (c) Milana Milos

Rick Riwai boarding an Airspeed Oxford (probably while with 1SFTS at RNZAF Station Wigram)
Photo © Milana Milos

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3 responses to “T.R.Riwai

  • Pierre Lagacé

    Great idea to do this.

    • lifeboatadam

      Thanks Pierre – as you said a while ago, part of the joy of this blog is that relatives of 488 Squadron members have got in touch which makes these biographies possible. I hope to be able to get some more done as time goes on.

  • gacn2014

    Looking forward to your continuing posts Adam. I will dig out any information I have on file. Richards death was an absolute tragedy and should never have happened. They were scrambled shortly after returning from a tiring patrol. Members of his squadron actually went to his assistance through a live minefield in an attempt to get to the stricken crew. Says something for the respect they had for him.

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