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This afternoon I have re-posted the page on my website that has photos of the 2004 Air Force Reunion that we held here in Cambridge to launch the Wings Over Cambridge website. I had removed the page some time ago as I thought at the time it was no longer topical, and was taking up vital webspace. However I have decided it is now really a great piece of our town’s Air Force history too, and deserves to be on the site as it was a very special event. So I have returned the slightly updated page here:

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Reunion.htm

Looking through the photos today has reminded me how special that day was, and how many great people came from all over, Cambridge, Hamilton, Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The unveiling of the plaque was very special too, and I recall the next day my best mate Mike Cater said to me “In the future you will look at that plaque and think of what you achieved, and you’ll think of the plaque ‘I did that’, and it will be there forever.” He’s right, I do look at the plaque often as I pass through Jubilee Park and I do still feel immense pride that I came up with that idea, and with the help of others got it made and installed. I am also imensely proud of the other lasting memorial I have created to Cambridge’s men and women of the Air Forces, the Wings Over Cambridge website, where their stories are told.

It is sad too to look back at the photos of this reunion and realise so many of those great old veterans and their wives are now no longer with us.  They will not be forgotten.

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I am absolutely overjoyed to have been the recipient of a presentation by Peter Wheeler,  on behalf of the Bomber Command Association of New Zealand, a set of Volumes One and Two of Errol Martyn’s books For Your Tomorrow – A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving With The RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915.

These two books, and the third which has more recently been published, are absolutely vital to Air Force  research such as what I have been doing with my Wings Over Cambridge website, the General Reconnaissance Squadron book project and many other applications such as questions that come up on the Wings Over New Zealand Forum.

In the past when I have had to reference or check facts in these books I have had to make a trip to the local library or the Cambridge Museum, which also has a set. However now I am so pleased to have my own persoanl set of these extremely important and useful books.

It is also really pleasing to know that this set previously belonged to the late Wing Commander Bill Simpson, the founding President of the New Zealand Bomber Command Association. Bill also lead the team that restored the Avro Lancaster at the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland. He left two sets to the NZBCA, and the Association has very graciously acknowledged my contribution to preserving New Zealand aviation history by presenting this set to me.

I want to say a huge thanks to Peter Wheeler and the NZBCA for this, and I’d like to also acknowledge Peter’s own contribution to the preservation of our Air Force history. He has also kindly presented me with a copy of his latest book, Kiwis Do Fly, which is a superb collection of wartime stories from members of the NZBCA, with 268 pages of veteran memories and wonderful photos from their pivate collections which have mostly never been seen before in print. Well done Peter, and thanks!

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Hi everyone,

After all this time I have finally created a way to easily keep regular readers updated with progess on the Wings Over Cambridge website. I will be adding blog posts whenever I make an addition, update or correction to the ever-expanding website about Cambridge’s Air Force personnel. So please sign up for your email updates so you can see what is new on the website.

Cheers
Dave Homewood

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