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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
N. Williams
S. Wilson
E.F. Witting
J.H.T. Wood
J.L. Wright
J.L. Wright (2nd Tour)
J.S. Young

Many thanks to Peter Wheeler and the New Zealand Bomber Command Association

In advance of a number of new images relating to 75(NZ) Squadron RAF appearing on the blog, I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to Peter Wheeler of the New Zealand Bomber Command Association for very generously letting Chris visit the Association archive and search it for images relating to the Squadron.

It is a credit to Peter and the other members of the Association that so much time and effort has been spent in visiting  veterans, copying material, capturing stories, “cleaning up”, cataloguing, and presenting it back to veterans organisations, interest groups, researchers and the public, including displays at MoTaT, contributions to online forums, NZBCA newsletters, and publications such as “Wednesday Bomber Boys” and “Kiwis Do Fly”.

Clearly, the archive has been built up from contributions and donations and as is always the case with such a gathering activity, many images are unattributed regarding exact ownership and copyright – the original photo archive was all prints, many with nothing on the reverse to identify them. To this end, all images will be presented from the archive as ‘Courtesy New Zealand Bomber Command Association/ © NZBCA Archives’. If direct attribution of an image is known, or is able to be established, either by Chris prior to presentation, or after its presentation, the credit will read ‘Courtesy New Zealand Bomber Command Association/ © the individual or family’.

Chris has already begun to pass some photographs through and they will appear shortly after this post.

Hopefully as these images are published we might all be able to return something back to the Association regarding more information on the pictures.

Once again many thanks to Peter and the NZBCA for this generous assistance