Topic: Alexander Alan Twaddle (1923-2014)

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On 5 March 1945 Alexander Alan Twaddle's plane was hit by friendly fire. The crew jumped out of the aircraft and Alexander landed on frozen ground near Thionville, France. He suffered severe burns to his hands and his face, but eventually recovered.

Alexander Alan Twaddle was born in Dunedin on 25 December 1923. He was raised on a farm near Palmerston in Otago.

He trained as a bomber crew wireless operator in New Zealand and Canada, then was posted to RAF199 Squadron in the United Kingdom, where he flew in Sterling LJ617E bombers on special operations, principally to jam German radar early warning systems.

On March 5, 1945, his plane was hit by friendly fire. The crew jumped out of the aircraft and Mr Twaddle landed on frozen ground near Thionville, France. He suffered severe burns to his hands and his face, eventually recovering.

Alexander married Dorothy McLean in London in 1945 and sailed to New Zealand in 1946. He studied at university and graduated with a vet degree in 1950.

The family moved to Tauranga in 1960.

In 1982 Alexander was elected president of the Tauranga RSA.

He died on 9 December 2014 (reg. 2015/63). Alexander's death notice appeared in the New Zealand Herald on 18 December 2014: 

TWADDLE, Alexander Alan (Alan) JP Retired, BVSc, MACVSc, NZ4211702, RNZAF, RAF 199 Sqn Bomber Command. On 9th December 2014 at his home, aged 90 years. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Loved father and father in law of Deb, Rob and Tomomi, Liz and Graham, Alex and Lesley, and Dear Grandad of Jessica and Melanie, Renee and Little Ray, Mark and Gemma, Alexander and Rebecca, and Suzy. A service to celebrate Alan's life will be held at the Pyes Pa Crematorium Chapel, 403 Pyes Pa Rd, Tauranga on Saturday 3rd January at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations to Waipuna Hospice, PO Box 1156, Tauranga 3140 would be appreciated. Any communications to PO Box 650 Tauranga 3140.


Sources:

Bay of Plenty Times (14 March 2015, p10).

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

New Zealand Herald (18 December 2014).

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Alexander Alan Twaddle (1923-2014)


Year:1945
First Names:Alexander Alan
Last Name:Twaddle
Date of Birth:25 December 1923
Place of Birth:Dunedin
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:9 December 2014
Spouses name:Dorothy McLean
Date of marriage:1945
Place of marriage:London, England
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)