Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 12, 2006 14:28:33 GMT 12
I have decided to add the names of wartime station commanders to my webpages on the RNZAF stations in NZ. I know a few of thm, but if anyone can add to this list I'd appreciate it:
Whenuapai Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Roberts (1st Station Commander of Whenuapai) Wing Commander Seabrook (took over from Roberts when No. 4 EFTS was formed. I suspect this is John Seabrook, former WWI pilot and Auckland Aero Club CFI - can anyone confirm?)
Seagrove Sqn Ldr Sidney Wiltshire GC
New Plymouth Squadron Leader A.C. Upham, DFC (was Station Commander in April 1941, not sure how long for. Does anyone know what A.C. stood for?)
Ohakea Wing Commander F.E.T. Hewlett D.S.O., O.B.E. (was Station Commander in May 1941, unsure how long for. Does anyone know what F.E.T. stood for?)
Levin Wing Commander R.J. Sinclair - ? till approx Jan 1942 (posted to command RNZAF Station Taieri. Does anyone know what R.J. stood for?)
Milson Sqn Ldr Sidney Wiltshire GC
Delta Sqn Ldr Sidney Wiltshire GC
Woodbourne Gp Capt Keith Caldwell
Wigram Gp Capt Keith Caldwell
Taieri Wing Commander R.J. Sinclair - approx Jan 1942 till ?
Can anyone add more precise dates, or the names of Station Commanders on other stations during WWII please?
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 25, 2006 9:59:21 GMT 12
Thanks very much Sean. Some famous names in there too. Hobsonville is one of my favourite bases, it's had so may roles, maritime, TAF, operational GR Sqn, 1RD, 1SD, training, aircraft assembly and testing point, first jet flight... A wealth of history. Soon to be destroyed I fear.
A few more for you. I do see that you have some already, but this should back them up:
All sourced from “By Such Deeds” By CM Hanson (Get a copy... On Trademe quite a lot)
AIRCDRE Maurice William Buckley CBE, MID RNZAF Station Whenuapai Nov 41 - ?? 42
AVM Malcolm Frederick Calder CB, CBE RNZAF Station Ohakea - Dates not shown RNZAF Station Lauthla Bay - Dates not shown
AIRCDRE Keith Logan Caldwell CBE, MC, DFC*, MID ED, CdeG(Belg) RNZAF Station Wigram Jun 42 – Nov 44
WGCDR William Leonard Harrison VD RNZAF Station Norwood - Dates not shown
AIRCDRE Charles Campbell Hunter CBE RNZAF Station Whenuapai May 45 - ??
GPCAPT Eric Maple Lewis OBE RNZAF Station Lauthla Bay - Dates not shown
WGCDR Robert George Linklater AFC RNZAF Station Nausori Nov 44 – May 45
WGCDR Alfred Morton Seafield Manhire OBE RNZAF Station Nelson ?? when TTS at Rongotai moved to Nelson until 1944
WGCDR Peter Alister Matheson OBD (cvsa) RNZAF Station Taieri Aug 43 - ??
WGDCR Roy Douglas Max DSO, DFC, CdeG(FR) RNZAF Station Harewood Mar – Sep 45
WGCDR Alfred John Turner OBE RNZAF Station Tonga Dec 42 – Mar 43 RNZAF Station Espiritu Santo Mar – Jun 43 RNZAF Station Guadalcanal Jun – Oct 43 RNZAF Station Rongotai Oct 43 - Jun 44 RNZAF Station Espiritu Santo Jun – Oct 44 RNZAF Station Guadalcanal Dec 44 – Jun 45 RNZAF Station Ohakea Jun – Dec 45
AVM Cameron Archer Turner CB, CBE “During 1944 he was CO of RNZAF Stations Nausori, Fiji, Guadalcanal” WGCDR Arthur Colwell Upham DFC RNZAF Stations New Plymouth and Levin - Dates not shown
AIRCDRE Trevor Watts White CBE, ED “Commanded RNZAF Stations Rongotai & Levin” prior to Mar 42
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 8, 2006 21:20:48 GMT 12
For the record, having looked into a few records, Arthur Upham was Station CO at New Plymouth from October 1939 when it opened, and was still there in April 1941. I don't know when he left though, nor when he went to Levin.
RNZAF Base Wigram GPCAPT GS Hodson AFC RAF - Apr 38 - Jun 42 GPCAPT KL Caldwell MBE, MC, DFC - Jun 42 - Nov 44 GPCAPT CE Kay OBE, DFC - Nov 44 - Mar 46
Source RNZAF Base Wigram 1916 - 1995, The end of an era, By RNZAF Public Relations 1995.
RNZAF Hammilton Commanding Officers Apr 42 - Aug 42 SQNLDR F Butler Aug 42 - Sep 42 WGCDR EA Gibson Sep 42 - Jan 43 WGCDR JT Brown Jan 43 - Apr 44 WGCDR W Temple Apr 44 - Apr 46 WGCDR AMS Manhire Then became RNZAF Te Rapa in Apr 46
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 28, 2006 23:32:33 GMT 12
A couple of queries:
Colin, was 'Dorothy' Dix's real name Francis (Frank)? Or is that a different officer?
And regarding your note Sean on RNZAF Hamilton, Hamilton and Te Rapa were two seperate bases in two seperate locations. Hamilton was No. 1 Stores Depot till Te Rapa opened, then Hamilton became No. 1 RD. So, did they have just one Station Commander for both stations? And if so, what about RNZAF Rukuhia which also was a seperate location but seems to have been part of, or linked with, No. 1 RD. Any ideas?
Yes, it was Frank Dix, He lived in Oriental Bay in Wellington at the time of his death, which was not that many years ago. I believe the "Dorothy" bit came from an American radio personality of the wartime era, but of course I wasn't around then, being far too young!