Posts Tagged ‘Wings Over Cambridge’

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:

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.

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.

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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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

Winston Cannell

Ernest Cox

John Gilmer

John Hawkins

Kenneth Hansen

Keith Jack

Joseph McNamara

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 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/)

They are:
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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