Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 7, 2008 8:13:48 GMT 12
All three volumes of that title, as well as JMS Ross's Royal New Zealand Air Force, plus all the major Army and Navy titles in the Official History of the Second World War Series are now online Calum. They're a great resource and save a trip to the library, or purchasing the hard copies at about $100 + each.
AN HISTORIC 1938 CHRISTMAS CARD FROM 3 NZ RAF Pilots
I recently found a copy of this 1938 Christmas Card in our family files. While it has not reproduced particularly well I felt that it would be of interest to our members because of the signatures on the card. The sketch is of a Fairey Battle and the caption reads " Somebody's Put Spinach In The Petrol Again!!" The three pilots who signed the card are R.D. Max, L.H. Trent and J. E. Edwards. These were all ex members of No. 2 Pilots Course, Wigram 1937/38. At the time they were all flying Fairey Battles with the RAF-- Roy Max with 103 Sqdn, Len Trent with 15 Sqdn and Jack Edwards with 40 Sqdn. The squadron crest on the card is that of 103 Sqdn.
(Incidentally Jack Edwards died on 15 May 1940 when his Bristol Blenheim was shot down over Belgium on daylight operations during the Battle of France. Trent and Max of course survived the War.
Thanks for scanning the family card Errol. I guess the reference is to the cartoon character Popeye who got super strength when he partook of spinach. So - the engine gets so powerful it leaves the rest of the aircraft behind.