Thanks Wayne, sorry Peter I've only just checked in again. The Bruce Hosie caption on the reverse of the BF443 photo refers to "P/O Jack Bailey, Pilot of Waikato", which I think I mistakenly took to mean that BF443 was named "Waikato". I think I have repeated that error somewhere, whereas I now think the caption was actually referring to his home region, even though Jack farmed in Ohingaiti, in the Manawatu.
Hi all I made first contact with a 75 (NZ) Sqn veteran called Peter Neech on the day the Spire Memorial in Lincoln was unveiled. Are any of the following still with us (I should have asked his son Gerald if he was still in contact with any of them? W W (Bill) Armstrong of Christchurch Eric G Hewitt of Whanganui D G (Hoot) Gibson of Ranginiri Eric Patrick (Rip) Lee of Auckland B D (Chas) Carey of Rotorua The other two are Peter and another English colleague Ron Westlake. I have a picture of the 5 Kiwis at 12 PRC, Brighton. There are a lot of other Kiwis on the pic dated 26 May 1943. Two named on copy are Ivar Larson (RG) and Bob Bailey (BA) and I know which are the above but there are many more who it would be great to put names to... Dee
In remembrance of Sgt Edgar Harvey who died in December 1942 with the rest of the crew.