Truby Edward (Ted) Dodgshun
Son of Gordon Mawley Dodgshun and Freda Lilian Dodgshun, of Gisborne.
“TRAGEDY AT WOODBOURNE – Pilot Officer Truby Edward Dodgshun (mother, Mrs G. E. Dodgshun, Gisborne) who, as briefly recorded elsewhere in this issue, was killed instantly at a South Island air station on Tuesday, was struck by the propeller of an aircraft which was taxi-ing up to a hangar. The fatality occurred at Woodbourne early on Tuesday afternoon. Pilot Officer Dodgshun met his death when he walked out of a hangar wearing full flying kit preparatory to boarding a plane in which he was to carry out the instruction of a pupil. His helmet prevented him from hearing the approach behind him of a taxi-ing aircraft, and he was run into by the machine. Pilot Officer Dodgshun was 22 years of age, and joined the Air Force last October after having served as a second lieutenant with the 1st Battalion of the Hawkes Bay Regiment. His preliminary training as a pilot was carried out at Harewood, and he was then transferred to Woodbourne where he gained his Wings. Since 1st August he had been engaged as a flying instructor.” [Nelson Evening Mail, Volume 79, 14 September 1944, Page 5]
“Dodgshun.—Accidentally killed on September 12, 1944, Pilot Officer Truby Edward (Ted), Dodgshun; age 22 years; beloved third son of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Dodgshun, 236 Harris St., Gisborne. Interred at Blenheim to-day.” [Gisborne Herald, Volume LXXI, Issue 21509, 14 September 1944, Page 1]
Submitted by: Dianne Fay Ellis
Relationship to casualty: Distant Cousin
Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum