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Ivan Hislop RNZAF NZ428181 Navigator. 1945 – logbook


© Kerry Foster

Thanks again to Kerry (belatedly) for the contribution of a number of documents of Ivan Hislop, Navigator with Jim Westbrooke’s crew, March to July 1945. As well as Ivan’s logbook, which can be seen here. Kerry commented when me met in the summer, that what impressed him about these documents was Ivan’s apparent determination to fly.

He initially trained as a pilot commencing training with No 2 E.F.T.S. in Ashburton New Zealand on the  8th March 1943,  soloing 22nd March 1943. However it appears the training was terminated due to lack of aptitude on 11th April 1943.

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Extract from Ivan Hislop’s logbook showing the rather sad appraisal of his flying skills – ‘Flying terminated – lack of aptitude’ © Kerry Foster

By the 14th of February 1944 Ivan was receiving navigational training in Canada under the E.A.TS. 2 A.O.S. During further training in the UK he was crewed up with F/Lt James Westbrooke while at 11 O.T.U. Oakley before flying their first & only bombing Op with 75(NZ) Squadron on the 9th April 1945 to Kiel. The Westbrooke crew finished their posting in 75(NZ) Squadron with Manna food drops, Prisoner Repatriation, Post Mortems and Baedecker.

As well as Ivan’s logbooks, Kerry also has sent through additional documentation:


A close-up of Ivan’s Identity card, showing his RNZAF mug shot. © Kerry Foster


Ivan’s full Identity card. © Kerry Foster


Paybook. © Kerry Foster


Ivan’s final transfer to reserve instructions. © Kerry Foster




Contact with somebody new!

Les Hofert, third from right, with his bicycle clips on – a close zoom of the Squadron photo at the top of this blog

After a contact on the blog at the weekend, I got the chance to catch up with Paul on the phone and listen to his story about his Grandfather Leslie Hofert, who was a Flight Engineer with 75(NZ) between January and June 1945, not only taking part in operational raids but also latterly participating in the ‘Manna’ food dropping raids over Holland and also PoW repatriation flights from Juvincourt. I shouldn’t be surprised by strange coincidences anymore, but the reason Paul initially contacted me was because of my previous post about RF127 AA-W, it seems as if Leslie’s crew essentially inherited it from my Fathers crew

We had a great chat for about an hour and a half and I realised that Paul was in the same place almost as I was 12 months ago – and at the same time also realised how much I know now relative to when I began. It was great to feel  I had (hopefully) helped him and I look forward to seeing how his research journey progresses.