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NZ412207 Flight Sergeant Edmund Murray Corlett  -  Royal New Zealand Air Force
 
Edmund Murray Corlett was born 4 September 1909 in Carterton, the eldest child of Rubina Gladys and Henry Murray Corlett [1].
 
Edmund went to Masterton Technical School and had 6 years
service in the Cadet Territorial, Hawkes Bay Regiment [2].
 
On enlistment on 13 April 1941, Edmund’s parents are listed
as living in Tokomaru, 20kms from Levin. Edmund however
was living in Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton where he was
employed as a truck driver for D T Young [3].
 
 
   1936 Evening Post advert for D T Young
 
 
On 16 August 1941, NZ412207 Airman Corlett gained his ‘wings’ and on 27 September 1941 was promoted to Sergeant RNZAF.  On 25 October 1941  Edmund departed for overseas service, landing in England 29 November 1941 where he was posted to 214 Squadron [4].
 
214 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was a heavy bomber squadron flying four engine Stirling bombers. In September 1941 the squadron had been honoured by being adopted by the British Malayan Federation and had “Federated Malay State” officially incorporated in its title. The Federated Malay States had provided the funds to raise and equip the squadron [5].
 
On 1 September 1942 Sergeant Corlett was promoted to Flight Sergeant and by the time of his last flight, had logged 343 hours, 66 of these in Stirlings [6].
 
 
 
 Flight Sergeant E M Corlett  c1941
 
 
 
Flight Sergeant Corlett was the pilot of Stirling W7584/D taking off from Linton on Ouse, Yorkshire at 1844 hrs (6:44 pm) 20 November 1942 to join 231 other aircraft, 86 Lancasters, 54 Wellingtons, 47 Halifaxes and 45 Stirlings on a raid of Turin, Italy [7]. However W7584/D experienced difficulties with the extractor controls which eventually led to failure of the port inner and starboard engines. Short of fuel on return to England, and with the base and nearby alternatives closed with low cloud, the captain instructed his crew to bale out.
 
Navigator Sgt AH Bradley, RNZAF, and five other of the crew did so successfully, although one of them was injured. The captain, however, died when W7584 crashed at 0342 near Thurlow, 8 miles SW of Chedburgh [8].
 
 
 
NZ412207 Flight Sergeant Corlett is buried in the Haverhill Cemetery,
Suffolk, England, Section U, Grave 245 [9]. 
 
 
Flight Sergeant Corlett's grave in Suffolk
 
 
Edmund Murray Corlett is remembered on Tokomaru War Memorial
at Porirua and in the name -  Corlett Road, Plimmerton.

Edmund Murray Corlett's name is also read on ANZAC Days from the
Porirua Roll of Honour. 

 
 
References
NZ BDB Online
Paperspast Online
New Zealand Defence Department Archives NZ412207 Flight Sergeant
Edmund Murray Corlett
For your tomorrows, Bomber Command: Errol W Martyn
 
Photos
1936 Advert in souvenir - New road north spans the Paremata: Evening Post
3 October 1936.
1942 Flight Sergeant Edmund Murray Corlett: Kete Horowhenua – Adopt an
ANZAC
2000 Grave of Flight Sergeant Corlett: Dolores Project.
 
 
[1] 1909 Birth certificate: NZ Department of Internal Affairs.
[2] Edmund Murray Corlett: Kete Horowhenua – Adopt an Anzac.
[3] Edmund Murray Corlett: Kete Horowhenua – Adopt an Anzac.
[4] Edmund Murray Corlett: Kete Horowhenua – Adopt an Anzac.
[5] No 214 (FMS) Squadron history: www.214squadron.org.uk
[6] For Your Tomorrows: Errol W Martyn, Bomber Command. 
[7] War Diary 20/21 November 1942: Ntlworld.com/Andrew.etherington/1942/11/20.
[8] For Your Tomorrows: Errol W Martyn, Bomber Command.
[9] NZ412207 Flight Sergeant Corlett: Commonwealth War Graves.
 
 
Stirling bombers in formation
 
ANZAC Landings  April 1915