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!