Following on from the post last night I have added a new page for Sgt C. Hook RNZAF, though it is very scant in detail at this stage. If anyone can add more detail I’d be very appreciative, thanks. Here it is:
I have also updated Harold Souter’s page with some more information on the air combat that tragically took his life:
Thanks to Papers Past I have finally also definately established the full names of two airmen who have had fairly basic pages on the website for a long time. I previously only knew their initials and surname, and though II had clues from a few locals as to whom they may nhave been, the Evening Post newspaper reports on Papers Past have established them in concrete at last. They are:
Maurice Bell – http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Maurice_Bell.html
Max Ward – http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Max_Ward.html
Again for Maurice and Max more information is sought.
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Posted in Cambridge Air Force WWII, tagged Battle of Britain, C. Hook., Cambridge, Casualty, Edward Walter Gillies Churches, No. 57 OTU, No. 74 Squadron, Operational Training Unit, RNZAF, Sergeat, Spitfire, Wings Over Cambridge on August 6, 2010|
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I have just discovered two more new airmen with Cambridge connections, thanks to the old issues of the Evening Post now available on Papers Past (http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/)
Pilot Officer Edward Walter Gillies Churches, who seved in the Battle of Britain on No. 74 Squadron (flying Spitfires) and was sadly killed in 1941. Edward Churches was born in Cambridge and possibly spent early life here before moving to Auckland. Till now I had thought that Bill Wells was the only Cambridge pilot to serve in the famous Battle of Britain. I’d like to find out more about Edward but so far I have added a new page here: http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/edward_churches.html
Sergeant C. Hook, RNZAF is the other airman who must have been from Cambridge. I spotted his name when his brother Frederick Norman Leslie Hook, an Army Driver, was killed and his details appeared in the Casualty List published on the 19th of June 1941. Their father was Mr J.G Hook of Cambridge, and records show Fred Hook was also from Cambridge so logic says that Fred’s brother, Sgt C. Hook, RNZAF, must also have been from here. I will add a page for him on the website too and hope that someone comes up with more information.
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