New crew pictures

The Curr crew:
L-R: Sgt Leslie Kennedy (front gunner), F/Sgt Ken Crankshaw (rear gunner), Sgt Frankie Curr (skipper), P/O Ronald Hull (wireless operator) and Sgt Ivan “Sully” Sullivan (navigator).
With their regular Wellington BJ721 AA-A “Achtung ANZAC”.
NZ Bomber Command Assn. archives, Ken Crankshaw collection. 

Chris has come up trumps – massively, with a huge collection of crew photographs that have been added to the respective crew pages on the site. The majority come from the New Zealand Bomber Command Association Archive and as always I must give sincere thanks to the Association and Peter Wheeler. Also massive thanks to everyone else who has passed on photographs to Chris and to those that have given images that have been previously presented in posts, that have now also been added to the crew pages.

Perhaps as I am yet to find a crew picture containing Bob, I find myself always drawn to these photographs. To see a group of the boys together, usually smiling at the camera, despite the situation they found themselves in makes me think that what we see shining out of these pictures is true spirit and camaraderie – caught in a split second of time, but now persisting forever.

This is a significant addition not only to the crew pages but to the site as a whole and I am sure that some visitors are going to find, perhaps for the first time, a picture of a loved one. Please take the time to have a look via the links below – there are some remarkable examples – and if you can identify anybody in them – as always, please contact us!

New photographs have been added to the following crew pages:

V.A. Adolph
J.K. Aitken
K.E. Amohanga
B.L.D. Anderson
A. Ashworth
J.M. Bailey (1st Tour)
R.B. Berney
E.V. Best
I.E. Blance
A.A.N. Breckon
E.F. Butler
I.S. Carroll
F.L. Curr
A.G. Daly
F.H. Denton
J.A. Emslie
J.F. Fisher
R.C. Flamank
R.E.E. Fotheringham
A.A. Fraser
C. Glossop
D.V. Hamer
W.L. Hardy
N.J.N. Hockaday
D.G.G. Horgan
J.Joll (2nd Tour)
C.E. Kay
J.R. Layton
R. Leggett
F.J. Lucas
F.J. Lucas (2nd Tour)
R.D. Max
C.A.G. McKenzie
I.G.E. McPhail
C.A. Megson
E.L.K. Meharry
H.A.D. Meyer
A.G. Osborne
G.N. Parker
W.G. Reay
R.W. Russell
D.L. Thompson
H.J.D. Treewheela
L.G. Trott
F.H. Turner
R.J. Urlich
E.E.D. Ware
White
N. Williams
S. Wilson
E.F. Witting
J.H.T. Wood
J.L. Wright
J.L. Wright (2nd Tour)
J.S. Young

9 thoughts on “New crew pictures

  1. Roger Strong

    Still looking for a photo of the Bluck crew. I am writing an account of the crew. Norman Bluck left New Zealand in a direct trip to the UK in the Waiwera in early 1942. The ship was torpeoded mid-Atlantic. The crew of Bluck, Cooksey, Strong, Gillard,Kendlan,Armitage and Cant were lost in Stirling AA-K EH902 on 24th June, 1943. 75 (NZ) Squadron. I have tried most places. Have individual photos of Bluck, Cooksey, Strong, Kendlan and Armitage.
    I wonder if anyone can help.
    Roger Strong roger@nikau-nursery.co.nz
    Taupo, New Zealand

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  2. mobfiz

    “I find myself always drawn to these photographs. To see a group of the boys together, usually smiling at the camera, despite the situation they found themselves in makes me think that what we see shining out of these pictures is true spirit and camaraderie – caught in a split second of time, but now persisting forever.” Beautifully put. Thanks.

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  3. M COLLINS

    Hi What a fantastic history you’re compiling of 75 NZ Squadron, well done this is much appreciated. On the subject of accuracy, could I please help with the identifications on the photo of the CA Megson crew from 25-3-44. The photo quotes names of the crew from left to right, but in fact I think they should be from right to left. My Uncle, John Edward Overfield-Collins, Flight Engineer, is in fact top left in the picture, not top right. His remains are now buried at St George’s Church, High Street, Beckenham, Kent. Please don’t take this as a criticism of the work you are doing because it is really appreciated and a valuable archive. Hope this helps Kind regards Mike Overfield-Collins

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    1. JN-Dog

      Hi Mike, Thanks for that – the original photo had the names laid out as in the photo but obviously meant to be read “through” the photo … I will fix the mistake. The same correction will also need to be made in the recent squadron history and on my own website (www.jn-dogboys.com). Thanks again! Cheers, Chris

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      1. Mary C

        I have one photo of my first cousin once removed who died in July 1944. Eric James Quinn. Is he included in any of the new photos?

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    1. JN-Dog

      Hi Mary,

      I have a copy of a C Flight logbook with James Battersby’s signature signing off the month of October 1943 on behalf of the Flight Commander, S/L Ken Climie. Cheers, Chris (chris@foodworks.co.nz)

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