Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 22, 2010 15:25:48 GMT 12
In the last photo, entitled here as "Another unidentified photo, Official RNZAF" I am sure that the chap seated third from left is either Ted Harvie himself, or it may be his brother Monty who was also with CFS for a bit but I have never seen a photo of Monty so cannot confirm. But he looked a lot like Ted Harvie. See a later photo of him here: www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Edgar%20Harvie.htm
Note there is a couple of old non-pilot WWI types in that shot too so I reckon that is a staff shot, instructors and staff at CFS perhaps
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 25, 2010 0:51:42 GMT 12
If these details help any in piecing together the Flying Instructors School pictures, pilots Lou Cadman and Stan "Doggie" White were both posted from the NZGR Squadron, Whenuapai, to a course at the FIS, Hobsonville, on the 18th of April 1940.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 25, 2010 22:09:38 GMT 12
Would trainees still have worn the hat flash at 3 SFTS? Or the other Service Flying Training Schools? Something I'm not certain about. I always associate it with Intial Training Wing and EFTS. Did they wear them right up till Wings Parade?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 26, 2010 11:48:33 GMT 12
The 'Woodbourne, March 1940' photo would have to be a course at the No. 2 SFTS at that date as the only other unit at Woodbourne up till then was the Wellington (GR) Squadron, and they disbanded amd most personnel left in March 1940. They didn't have Vincents as seen here but the school did. Note too they are all LAC's thus must be trainee pilots, but no wings yet so must be ITS and no hat flashes at this stage of their career. They also required a slightly longer bench!
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 26, 2010 11:58:28 GMT 12
I note in the No. 10 Course photo there's James Ralph Court, known as Ralph, who went onto be an original in No. 15 Squadron and who sadly passed away about two weeks ago.
I wonder if the civvies seen in that thirs shot were something to do with the ATC movement? Or maybe they were civvie contractors on the station, mybe PWD or something like that?
In that last shot which is obviously well post war, the guy seated on the right has to be the famous actor Denis Lill? (aka Dennis Lill in some cedits) He was certainly in the RNZAF in the 1960's, before going into acting and appearing in many illustrious shows such as Blackadder The Third and Blackadder's Christmas Carol.