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Thanks to mainly the kindness of family members of Cambridge Airmen sending in further details I have been able to update a few of the pages on my site lately. They include much fuller details to Keith Burnett Fitton’s page, including photos, here:
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Keith%20Fitton.htm

I hope to have a bit more information on Keith Fitton soon too, all going well.

Another updated page has been that of Keith Thomas Shaw, thanks to Errol Martyn providing some extra detail recently.
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Keith%20T%20SHAW.htm

Susan Gray has kindly sent in some details of her late father Air Vice Marshal Malcolm Calder, who commanded several RNZAF Stations in WWII, as details for the Wartime RNZAF Stations section. A complete overhaul of this section is currently occurring, so check back soon to see the new-look Wartime RNZAF Stations pages.

And Mary Ellis has sent in a correction for the page on her grandfather, Sir Howard Ellis. It is hoped that more will be added to this page soon if Mary can find more details too.
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Howard%20Ellis.htm

If anyone can add more details to any of the pages on my Wings Over Cambridge site, they would be most welcome.

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Thanks to a little new information from Peter Hasselgren and Errol Martyn, I have been able to add new information to Arthur Cutfield’s page here:

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Arthur_Stapley_Cutfield.html

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Today I have added several new pages on to the website. We have three more Cambridge-born airmen who died in the Second World War:

David Pullenger
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/David_Pullenger.html

Maurice Victor Smith
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Maurice_Smith.html

Alexander Neilson Thomson
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Alexander_Thompson.html

I want to say thanks to Errol Martyn for his help with information on the above three airmen. Any further info on these men would be appreciated if anyone can offer more.

Another page is on my own Great-Uncle Ted Homewood, who is universally known as Bluey. He joined the RNZAF in 1940 and was in for five months before being fed up with stacking shelves in the stores and pushing aeroplanes around the tarmac,so he signed on with the Army. It only just dawned on my yesterday that he needs to be included on the website as he lived in Cambridge for several years in the 1950’s, and in fact it was because of him that my grandparents moved here from Ardmore with my Dad, leading to Dad meeting Mum, and the rest is history. His page is here:

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Bluey%20Homewood.html

Another two pages that I have added are that of husbad and wife Murray and Joan Lind. These two pages are very much works in progress, put up so that their son Alan Lind can see what i have so far and hopefully he will add more. Murray Lind was a No. 485 (NZ) Squadron Spitfire pilot, and Joan was a WAAF in the UK.

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Murray_Lind.html

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Joan_Lind.html

Lastly, a page that has had a bit of updating lately and will hopefully receive more as some significant information has just been promised by his daughter Barbara Good, is the page on Lancaster pilot Frank Stott

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Frank%20Stott.htm

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A little while back Errol Martyn kindly checked his database of airmen who died or were killed in RNZAF service (or New Zealanders in other Air Forces). Searching for the keyword of Cambridge he picked up a number of new airmen that I did not previously have on my website. I was very grateful for these names and I have since been piecing together pages on their careers and lives. Today i have managed to get a few onto the site. There are more to come, including a new WWI pilot and some post-war airmen too. But in the meantime for this update the new airmen are:

James Breadon
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/James_Breadon.html

Winston Cannell
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Winston_Cannell.html

Ernest Cox
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Ernest_Cox.html

John Gilmer
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/John_Gilmer.html

John Hawkins
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/John_Hawkins.html

Kenneth Hansen
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Kenneth_Hansen.html

Keith Jack
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Keith_Jack.html

And
Joseph McNamara
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Joseph_McNamara.html

More will be added as time allows.

Currently there are 196 men on the site who lived in Cambridge at some point before joining the Air Force in WWII.

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I have updated Vivian Maisey’s page again today after making contact with his widow, Annette. She very kindly helped with details to fill in some gaps on the page, but there’s more to come as I have arranged to go and visit her in a few weeks time. She has Vivian’s flying logbooks from his RNZAF and Fleet Air Arm flying career which should shed a lot more light on his career. He flew from around 1942 till 1950, at which point he was invalided out of the FAA after crashing an aircraft into the English Channel. Here’s his page again with today’s new details added:

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Vivian%20Maisey.htm

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I have found out a little more information on Cambridge WWII airman Vivian Maisey, and have updated his page to reflect this. It turns out that as well as having served first in the New Zealand Army and then the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he also transferred a second time into the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. Here is his page:

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Vivian%20Maisey.htm

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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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