Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 16, 2007 22:19:12 GMT 12
In a letter to the RNZAF Association News magazine in Spring 1993, Noel Baty listed all the personnel at Wigram when he joined the New Zealand Permanent Air Force. I thought some researchers here might find this of interest, and I will add my own notes in beige. if you can add further, please do.
Flt Lt T. Denton - Equipment Officer
W/O S. Simpson - Engineering Officer
W/O F. Hiscock - Stores
Cpl H. Yeadon - Photo Section
Cpl W. Temple - Flight Fitter
Cpl C. Merrin - Transport
Cpl W. Dini - Workshop Rigger (This will be William 'Bill' Dini)
Cpl R. Thornton - Workshop Rigger
Cpl D. Symes - Workshop Fitter
LAC R. Leonard - Flight Rigger
LAC H. Salmon - Flight Rigger
LAC I. Rowe - Flight Fitter
LAC F. Fennessy - Pay Clerk (I wonder if this is meant to be Kevin Fennessy who was a pay clerk in the prewar and wartime RNZAF?)
AC2 R. Devin - Stores
App N.J. Baty - Workshop Rigger (this is Noel Baty who supplied the list)
W/O F. Sorrel - In charge of Rigging Workshop
F/Sgt W. Townsend - Admin (Station Warrant Officer)
LAC T. Sayers - Stores
Cpl F. Goldsmith - Flight Rigger
Cpl O. Gibson - Workshop Fitter and Turner
Cpl R. Gibbs - Radio
Cpl R. Meynell - Flight Rigger
Cpl C. Kingsford - Flight Rigger
Cpl F. Brookes - Workshop Fitter
LAC J. Hinton - Flight Rigger
LAC J.J. Simpson - Flight Fitter
LAC R. Wells - Flt Rigger
AC1 R.R. Smith - Metal Worker
App F.E. O'Leary - Workshop Fitter
Sqn Ldr Findlay - Commanding Officer
Flt Lt H.B. Burrel - Staff Pilot
Flt Lt M. Buckley - Staff Pilot (This was Maurice Buckley)
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 16, 2007 22:21:25 GMT 12
Note no Chefs or Mess Stewards are mentioned. At that time there was no Mess. The Officers Mess was actually at the Bush Inn at nearby Riccarton. I don't know where the airmen messed. Perhaps they were billeted out to boarding houses?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 18, 2007 20:53:46 GMT 12
A modern Aircraft Technician is basically a combination of the two prewar/wartime trades although pre-war and during World War II this trade was split into "Airframe" and "Aero Engine" trades, as "Flight Rigger" and "Flight Mechanic" respectively.
When these tradesmen were ready for their senior course they were posted to the TTS at Rongotai (or Nelson from June 1943 onwards) to complete the "Fitter" equivalent of their basic trade, to Fitter IIA or Fitter IIE respectively.
Hence the senior tradesman designation when they were fully trained of Fitter IIE (engines) or Fitter IIA (airframes, who was the Rigger).
The Riggers looked after the airframe (specialists might include "instrument bashers" and "sparks" to look after instruments and electrical systems). The Fitter looked after the engines and associated controls and fittings.