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Royal New Zealand Air Force – Missing Persons Investigation Unit

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Missing Persons Investigation Unit (MPIU) investigated New Zealand airmen and air crews Missing In Action (MIA) and detained as Prisoners Of War (POW).

The RNZAF also had a Missing Aircrew Investigation Unit (MAIU), it is unclear if this was the same unit or a prior name for the same unit. During September 1945, MAIU was based at Jacquinot Bay on New Britain.

During September 1945, MPIU established their headquarters at Rabaul near the Tunnel Hill Road turnoff. The staff including S/L Denys Hamilton, F/L E. Muir and F/L W. Ingram.

Australian Army "Memorandum for Department of External Affairs –  O-420600 Lt David S. Hunter: U. S. A. Airman: Deceased" July 19, 1950, Page 1 mentions the names of RNZAF personnel and headquarters at Rabaul
Diary Denys Hamilton MPIU
Diary J R Begg MPIU
Research by Justin Taylan, December 4, 2014

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