Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 14, 2022 20:13:16 GMT 12
I happened upon this review, and wondered if any of the book collectors (Larry?) were aware of it? Perhaps the content is not related enough to the RNZAF for most, but I thought I'd mention it. From The Press, 4th of March 1967:
A Lettered Cup. By William Warner. Pegasus. 59 pp. Over The Greenstone Water. By Sylvia Thomson. Pegasus. 51 pp.
“A Lettered Cup” is a posthumous collection of the verses of a young New Zealand pilot who was killed in action in Scotland in 1942. William Warner was 21 when he died, by which time he had had little opportunity to discover if a habit of versifying was accompanied by genuine poetic talent. Most of the pieces in this collection were written before the writer was 18, some as early as the age of 11, and though they reveal a pleasant personality there is little evidence of real poetic ability. Many of the verses were written for children and the others are celebration either of adolescent friendship or the beauties of nature.
The few poems written in England are mostly homesick memories of people and places in New Zealand. None of them deals directly with war experience. It is impossible to tell whether William Warner would have become a good poet on the evidence of this book. As it stands it is unlikely to impress readers with a serious interest in poetry.
Post by errolmartyn on Jun 14, 2022 21:55:08 GMT 12
From Vol 1 of For Your Tomorrow:
Thu 12 Nov 1942 Fleet Air Arm - Scotland Solo Aerial Light Torpedo (ALT) simulated attack 785 Squadron, FAA (Crail, Fifeshire - HMS Jackdaw) Albacore I N4170 - crashed into the Firth of Forth at 1115 while executing a simulated attack. The pilot is commemorated on the RNZN Memorial at Devonport, Auckland. Pilot: Sub-Lt (A) William Francis WARNER, RNZNVR - Age 21.
From Vol 3:
WARNER, Sub-Lieutenant (A) William Francis. (no No.) (prev NZD2814); b Lyttelton 15 Dec 20; Chch TColl (Athletics Team), Chch TTColl (Athletics Team), Canty Univ Coll & Victoria Univ Coll; teacher - Waterloo Sch, Lower Hutt. NZ Army/TF (1Bn Wgtn Regt) 3 Jul 40; NZNF [redesignated RNZN 1.10.41] for loan to RN/FAA as Aircrew u/t 13 Jul 41, emb for UK & att HMS St Vincent/Gosport 22 Jul 41, arr 2 Sep 41, HMS Daedalus/Lee-on-Solent, att 14EFTS RAF as Pilot u/t 3 Dec 41, att ACDC RAF for Canada 7 Mar 42, emb c.8 Mar 42, att 31SFTS RAF, Pilots Badge & Comm 17 Jul 42, emb for UK, att 9(P)AFU RAF 31 Aug 42, 785 Sqn (Albacore), kaa 12 Nov 42. RNZN Memorial - Panel 9. Son of Frederick Stephen Holloway & Dorothy Maud Warner (née Willcox), Lyttelton.
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