You'v got it camtech, I wonder if that photo will be there in another90 years, the original one has the prospect of going that far and probably another 100 years past that. It's a great clear photo. isc
Yes - lovely clear photo. It was in amongst a pile of newspaper cuttings I have been scanning, and I thought well worth sharing. The three aircraft were part of Aero Transport, of Timaru. I did a closeup of the scan to see if I could identify the other two 504's, but no joy. I recall seeing that ripple scheme somewhere else.
Is that Wigram location confirmed, or could it be Washdyke? David D
Yes, it's Washdyke, Timaru HQ for Rodolph ('Wigs') Wigley's New Zealand Aero Transport company.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 28, 2017 15:08:47 GMT 12
Thanks Errol, that is even better, not only have I never seen a photo of Washdyke aerodrome, I never even realised there was an airfield there. Off to Google Maps to find out exactly where Washdyke is now...
This appears to be the pilots on the refresher course. Acouple of faces look familiar, but that's the test - can anyone name them. Names on the back of the photo are M Buckley, J L Findlay and T M Wilkes.
Some great stuff there! The photo of the refresher course seems to include Bert Mercer on extreme left in white overalls. The next photo of school staff looks as though it might also include Bill Parke, the groundsman, sitting at front, also extreme left, and that would have to be Bill Dini, also sitting on ground, second from right. The chap on his left is familiar too, often see him appearing in early Wigram shots. Note the lack of any uniforms, they didn't have any at this time, and working on aeroplanes was dirty work, so why wreck your good clothes. Also interesting in this shot is the machine number stencilled in very small letters just behind and below front cockpit. The final photo was also used at the RNZAF Museum in the old cafeteria, extra large size, so probable that Museum has the original negative (or took a good copy). David D
Thanks, David. The last photo was actually attributed to Green and Hahn in the Weekly News - well known photographers of that era. I have some more that I will post as time goes on - suffering from an extremely painful right shoulder after playing XBox boxing and table tennis with three of our grandchildren, so may take a while.
The Press newspaper listed the following pilots on this course on 1st Feb 1927: Captain N. Barlow, Lieutenant H. C. Lloyd Lieutenant E. A. S. Wilding Lieutenant J. C. Mercer Second-Lieutenant A. V. Gladstone Second-Lieutenant R. B. Reynolds Second-Lieutenant H L. Piper Second-Lieutenant K. A. McKenzie Second-Lieutenant H. W. Duffey
The photo of the refresher course above shows (from the extreme right) Buckley, Findlay, and Wilkes, these were on the permanent staff. These of course were the names on the back of photo. The fellow to left of Wilkes with the furrowed brow looks very familiar too, but do not know his name as yet. E A S Wilding should read E A F Wilding, and I presume the H L Piper mentioned was the one who later became famous as Harold "Pip" Piper, test pilot with Short Brothers in 1930s and through WW2. Piper could very well be the shortish chap to left of the fellow with the furrowed brow, looks very much like him. David D
Spot on David - my copy has the same notes on the back.
The earlier photo of the ground staff shows Bill Dini - I used to work for Bill when he owned the Antigua Boatsheds. He was a bit of a character, building fibreglass canoes upstairs at the sheds, along with his collection of gramaphones.