Topic: Arthur Howard Gumbley (1916-1941)

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Tauranga man Arthur Howard Gumbley was on a daylight mission during World War II when his aircraft and crew failed to return to base.

Arthur Howard Gumbley (1916-1941)Arthur Howard Gumbley was born in Tauranga on 14 September 1916. He attended Tauranga District High School and spent three years as a cadet.

He worked as a farmer and then for Guiness Brothers Ltd.

Arthur did his Air Force training in Levin and was promoted to Sergeant in 1941. He was posted to No. 44 Squadron flying Hampden bombers.

It was whilst on a daylight mission off Brest on 13 December 1941 that the aircraft and all its crew failed to return to base.

Arthur is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

 

 

Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Arthur Howard Gumbley (1916-1941)


Year:1941
Note:Service Number: 402865
First Names:Arthur Howard
Last Name:Gumbley
Date of Birth:14 September 1916
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:13 December 1941
Place of death:Brest
Place of burial:Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom
Occupation:farmer
Fathers name:Ernest Arthur Gumbley
Mothers name:Caroline Gumbley
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)