Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 8, 2018 15:34:16 GMT 12
Does anyone please have any information on Noel Veare who joined the New Zealand Permanent Air Force in 1929? All I have so far is this:
From the WAIKATO INDEPENDENT, 7 DECEMBER 1929:
Mr Noel Veare, of Auckland, and erstwhile of Cambridge, is at present at Trentham, having been accepted for appointment to the Air Force. After a few months at engineering at Trentham he will proceed to take a course of training at Christchurch, and will then come on to Hobsonville to complete his full term of five years’ apprenticeship. Mr Veare’s many friends in this district will wish him all success in his venture.
Post by errolmartyn on Jun 8, 2018 21:07:52 GMT 12
You have to watch out for that Fake News, Neddy. It can often have you vearing off track!
From Colin Hanson’s By Such Deeds – Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923 – 1999 :
VEAR, Wing Commander Noel Alfred, OBE. NZ29110 & 70194; Born Wellington, 19 Feb 1912; NZPAF/RNZAF 8 Nov 1929 to 30 Jul 1963; Engineer. Citation Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (NY1948): After ten years meritorious service in the non-commissioned ranks as a Fitter, Squadron Leader Vear was commissioned in 1939, and throughout the war occupied several important posts connected with technical training in the RNZAF. In 1944 he successfully completed a pilot’s course and gained a Distinguished Pass. Squadron Leader Vear has thus eighteen years sterling service to his credit and through his ability and diligence he has been to a large extent responsible for the high standard achieved by the RNZAF technical tradesmen during the recent war. Latterly he has been engaged as a member of the RNZAF Planning Executive and in this post his practical experience and sound judgement have been reflected in the papers produced. Squadron Leader Vear is an outstanding officer who has served the RNZAF with loyalty and great devotion to duty at all times. Wg Cdr Vear’s son, Cadet Pilot P A Vear, RNZAF, was killed while undergoing training with the RAAF at Point Cook on 4 Nov 1957. Died Taupo, 30 Jun 1988. -------------------
Vear's log book and some other papers are held by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999