Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 4, 2020 11:55:10 GMT 12
PASSING-OUT OF PILOTS AT WIGRAM.- Royal New Zealand Air Force men who, having completed their training, passed out at Wigram station yesterday. FRONT ROW (From left); Sergeants A. F. Potter. H. C. Kimpton. A. G. Russell, J. A. Hoffens and G.H. Eastern. SECOND ROW Pilot Officer J. E. M. Steeds, Sergeant J. W. Jesson, R.C. Munro, G. A. Johnston, Pilot Officers G. Hunter, L. St. G. Dobbin, D. J. Jamieson, and D. H. Hammond. BACK ROW, Pilot Officer K. P. C. Morpeth, Sergeants F. T. Morgan, F. M. Laing, E. J. Keen, A. W. P. Bird and Pilot officer J. McB. Kerr. PRESS, 20 DECEMBER 1940
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 7, 2020 15:10:06 GMT 12
PASSING-OUT CEREMONY.—A further group of pilots who have completed their training at Wigram was passed out on Saturday. BACK ROW (from left): Leading-Aircraftsmen V. Allport, P. J. M. Ballard, R. P. Bell, S. C. Black, A. C. Bray. MIDDLE ROW: V. H. Griffiths, F. N. Hood, J. B. Kennedy, D. L. C. Liddell, D. L. M. Martin, J. 0. McFarlane, C. B. McKenzie, FRONT ROW: A. G. S. Paterson, S. E. Scales, D. J. Spence, M. E. Spiers, H. M. Thomson, J. E. Wall, and D. H. Atkinson. PRESS, 3 MARCH 1941
The aircrew trainees at No. 3 Manning Depot, Edmonton, August 1943 were all LAC Air Observer u/t, most of whom passed out of their respective schools in Canada on 14/1/44 as either Sgts or Pilot Officer, most as Air Bombers, but two as Navigators (J L Gilbert, and L M Noble). They sailed from Auckland (20th June 1943) to San Francisco (arrived 3rd July); Just two of these men were lost on operations; E A Roy on 16/3/45, with 166 Sqdn, and I T Yanovich, on 6/1/45, with 635 Sqdn. David D
The "Course 50" photograph above would seem to be No. 2 EFTS (Ashburton), so about February - April 1944. The ones who ended up with 1 SFTS (Wigram) included Lt A J Thornton, and 2nd Lt J S Upston, plus LAC J T T Simpson, Sgt K M Moore, LAC I G Lyons, LAC W G Jones. As the photo shows only "D" Flight, there must have been three other photos to complete the full course at Ashburton. Other graduates would have gone to advanced training at 2 SFTS (Woodbourne); these included R B Warren, V K Russell, H B Nelson, J G McArthur, R H Scorrar, most of whom went onto Corsair squadrons in the Pacific. David D
Tom Whyte ( NZ433389) is in the course 50 photo , second row . He came from ITW at Delta to Ashburton where he had landing problems and remustered as an AG . He ended as a rear gunner on 101 squadron in March 1945. He was commissioned in Canada ( Mt Joli ) for topping the air gunnery course.
Thanks for hunting that one down Peter! So my guess on that one was about right. Also love running my eye along the rows of men in these photos, again just to marvel at the variety of human shapes and sizes! Second row from back in the "Course 62" photo would seem to include 3 very tall chaps (or 14 pretty short ones!) That photo (Course 62) definitely looks like the UK in Christmas (mid-winter!) 1942. David D