Topic: Bongard, Harper Mervyn

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A soldier of World War II

Mr and Mrs S. Bongard, of Leeston, have been informed by the Secretary to the Air Department, that their eldest son, Flight-Lieutenant Harper Mervyn Bongard, had died iri a prisoner of war camp at Ha Queebe in Northern Japan. Flight-Lieutenant Bongard left New Zealand in May, 1939, about three months before the outbreak of war, to undergo training in England with the Royal Air Force. After a time he was transferred to an aerodrome near Edinburgh, in Scotland. Fjom there he went to Egypt, then to Mosul in Iraq for six months, after which he returned to Egypt. At the time of the Japanese attack he was serving in Java and was reported as missing, though no advice of his transfer to Japan had been received by his parents until the news <of. his death arrived. Flight-Lieutenant Bongard, who was 24 years of age,! was a popular and well-respected young man and sincere sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Bongard and family in their loss.

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Bongard, Harper Mervyn

First Names:Harper Mervyn
Last Name:Bongard
Date of Death:3 Jan 1943
Place of Death:Hakodate, Japan
Memorial or Cemetery:Yokohama War Cemetery, CA6
Age at death:24
User Name:Selwyn library
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:RAF 84 Squadron
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Stanley Bongard and of Hilarie Evelyn Bongard (nee Lepper), of Leeston, Canterbury
Service Number:74591
Rank last held:Flight Lieut
Theatres of War:Japan
Cause of Death:Died while Prisoner of War