The Thomas Frederick Duck display will be dedicated at a service , 10.30 Tuesday February 2 in the ADH at MOTAT. Family of the crews five NZ members will be attending and will bring items from their 75 and 156 squadron days. Forum members are welcome to come along.
Just a reminder about next Sundays service, we will have a good turnout and all are very welcome. If you do come please leave the front two rows of seats for veterans and Air Force and military attaches / consuls etc. Hope to see you there
There was a very good turn out for this years BC Service with a strong Commonwealth Air Force presence including the Canadians for the first time. The BC Memorial bronze is now installed permanently in the Air Force Annex, Hall of Memories.
A good muster of veterans, Keith boles (109), John Swale (75), Alan Taylor (Korea), Doug Williamson (75), Ron Mayhill ((75), Wally Halliwell (601), John Morris (75), Des Hall (462), AVM Peter Stockwell and seated Graham Burgess (7), Geoge Barclay (142) and Dave Anderson (75)
On the same weekend, the new NZBCA displays at MOTAT were unveiled. The cabinets now contain many more exhibits and photographs laid out in order from joining up through to post war. Some of the items are very special including Basil Williams bag carried on the Death March, Ernest Davenports tunic worn at Stalag 6 and Maurice Askews original Caterpiller badge. It's all worth a look.
Brett Whyte (son of a 101 Sq Gunner) designed the layout and Rebecca Wilt of MOTAT produced the Captions and installation.
Baz , its a Martin turret from a Lincoln possibly from Australia. The Martin sports a pair of 50 calibre guns. The Lanc we have was ready plumbed for one , but never fitted. Phil Furner tells me that the current Fraser Nash turret was located in Argentina , and through John Bartons ANZ contacts flown back here. As this occupies a position further aft than the Martin , a new structure was made to factory drawings and the FN fitted . All of the machine guns that came with the aircraft are held in an off site armoury , in case you wondered !
In relation to Jonathan Pote's recruitment video it is worth noting that any one who wants to work on or with the Lancaster (which is one of MOTAT's collection objects) has to go through the museum's vetting processes so as to ensure that they don't put themselves, the museum, the museum's employees, volunteers, visitors or objects at risk.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 3, 2016 12:28:36 GMT 12
We have started publishing a diary, day by day, 75 years after the entries were written, of No. 75 (NZ) Squadron member Sgt Pilot Trevor Gray, on the New Zealand Bomber Command Association page. Each day that a diary date entry matches up with the current date we'll add it to the FB page. Here's the first entry: