Post by errolmartyn on Sept 8, 2017 15:21:47 GMT 12
During the war over 50 airmen were enlisted in the photography trade.
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Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 8, 2017 15:30:44 GMT 12
I wonder if all of them kept a collection of interesting wartime photos that have not made it into the official archives. There could be gold out there in shoeboxes... I met wartime photographer Doug Vahry who had some great photos not seen elsewhere.
A guy by the name of Tom Leaf, who used to own the garage at Whenuapai was a photographer at some stage during the war, and he had some interesting stuff. Some of it was copied by the photographers at Whenuapai, because they could find none of his photos in the archives. I managed to get some copies and they are among the ones I've been posting here. I have still identified them as RNZAF, as they have the copy negs.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 12, 2017 0:52:18 GMT 12
Here are three squadron photos that WWII veteran Des Gate sent me earlier today. Des wrote "When leaving Ardmore for Ohakea in 1946 I rescued from the Orderly room rubbish."
No. 21 (Fighter) Squadron
In the back row above you'll note forum member Reg Wellington who gave a great talk on No. 22 Squadron at the Karapiro Forum Meet a few years back. Graeme Ronayne is there too, he lived here in Cambridge though I never met him. I had the pleasure to interview Noel Hanna too.
No. 23 (Fighter) Squadron "The Ghosts"
Sadly no names for The Ghosts, but isn't that Ghost mascot they have just wonderful? It's a 3-D version of their artwork of the cloaked, hooded skeletal ghost holding the bomb that adorned their Corsairs! I wonder what happened to this statue.
No. 21 (Fighter) Squadron
It is spelled wrong on the caption but in the middle row is Frank Culliford who gave us a very spirited talk at an Auckland Forum Meet last year at Don Subritzky's place. I have also had the pleasure to meet Snow Barr and Rusty Gash from this group. Great men.
In the top photo, bottom right F/O R.C.Shorthouse started his agricultural pilot career with Aircraft Services Ltd (owned by Doug Grieg) at Mangere. He then went on to Fletchers. He did a fair amount of his flying in the north. He shifted to Whangarei and after James Aviation took over Aircraft Services he became Area Manager in the north. He stayed in that role until he retired. He was Area Manager for the biggest part of my time flying for James.
The Shorthouses were a remarkable family , Bob flew Spitfires with 164 sq in the UK then Hurricanes with 253 in the Desert. Elder brother Jack flew Battles in France and was shot down, a spell with PRU then Canada .. back to UK in 42 for a tour on 44 , finally as CO of 189 sq. Peter ( Eric) flew P40s in the Pacific with one kill ( in NZ3195 ) On a later tour he was killed on 15 sq ( 14 Jan 44 in NZ5357 ?) Much of this families service is included in chapters of Kiwis Do Fly
Here is one, but with no names - although I have no doubt members here will be able to help most if not all. (Whites) Staff at CFS Tauranga 5 Feb 1942 by Les Billcliff, on Flickr A note on the back states "Negative destroyed."