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By arod138 - Dec 21 2016
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Dave Homewood is clearly is passionate about Aviation History, and it comes through in all of his interviews. If you enjoy listening to stories from veterans, museum curators and aircraft restorers in New Zealand and Australia, or around the world, this podcast is one of the best!

Great Interviews. Great Stories.

By Neptune_17 - Dec 19 2016
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Even if you're not a Kiwi, this podcast is a "must listen" for anyone interested aviation history. Dave Homewood does some fantastic interviews with veterans and aviators from a number of different periods and perspectives ranging from the Second World War to the present day. He also provides plenty of insight into warbirds and restoration projects happening around New Zealand and Australia. This is, without a doubt, a top-class avatrion programme.

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By arod138 - Dec 21 2016
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Dave Homewood is clearly is passionate about Aviation History, and it comes through in all of his interviews. If you enjoy listening to stories from veterans, museum curators and aircraft restorers in New Zealand and Australia, or around the world, this podcast is one of the best!

Great Interviews. Great Stories.

By Neptune_17 - Dec 19 2016
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Even if you're not a Kiwi, this podcast is a "must listen" for anyone interested aviation history. Dave Homewood does some fantastic interviews with veterans and aviators from a number of different periods and perspectives ranging from the Second World War to the present day. He also provides plenty of insight into warbirds and restoration projects happening around New Zealand and Australia. This is, without a doubt, a top-class avatrion programme.

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WONZ 171 – Peter Waller – Vietnam FAC

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Guests: Peter Waller

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 7th of April 2017

Released: 7th of January 2018

Duration: 48 minutes 31 seconds

Peter Waller was an officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He learned to fly in the mid-1960’s on the North American Harvard, before progressing to the Vampire jet fighters of No. 75 [...]

Jan 07 2018

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Episode 85 – Noel Kruse Part Eleven

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Guest: Noel Kruse

Host: Dave Homewood

Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes, 28 seconds

Recorded: 28th of July 2015

Published: 6th of September 2015

Topic: In this episode of the WONZ Show we continue the story of Noel Kruse’s aviation career. He talks about his time as a pilot, Flight Commander [...]

Sep 06 2015

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Episode 99 – Mac Bettjeman: Sunderland Pilot

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Guest: Mac Bettjeman

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 30th of October 2015

Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes 26 seconds (136 MB)

In this episode Dave Homewood talks with Mac Bettjeman, who lives in a retirement home in Tauranga. Mac talks about his childhood in the fascinating wilderness settlement in the Maungapurua Valley, near the Whanganui [...]

Feb 29 2016

1hr 39mins

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Episode 158 – Escape: The Best Sport Ever!

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Guest: Arthur Gatland

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 21st of August 2017

Released: 26th of August 2017

Duration: 44 minutes 37 seconds

Arthur Gatland is a pilot. His father Frank Gatland DFM mid was also a pilot. Frank joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1941 and following his flying training he became a Short [...]

Aug 26 2017

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WONZ 188 – NASA Research Pilots

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Guest: NASA Research Pilots Dave Fedors and Paul Newton

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 30th of June 2018

Released: 10th of August 2018

Duration: 58 minutes 17 seconds

This episode features NASA Research Pilots Dave Fedors and Paul Newton speaking at the recent WONZ Forum Meet held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, at [...]

Aug 10 2018

58mins

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WONZ 181 – The Search For Tiny’s Corsair

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Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 30th of October 2016

Released: 9th of June 2018

Duration: 52 minutes 40 seconds

This episode features a talk given by Matt Hayes about his and his brother Dan’s hunt for the missing Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair NZ5517. The fighter-bomber vanished somewhere into the thick forested hill country of the West [...]

Jun 08 2018

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Episode 159 – The Curtiss P-40 in RNZAF Service – Part One

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Sub-Series: The Duxbury Files

Guest: David Duxbury

Host: Dave Homewood

Archive Voices: Geoff Fisken, Noel Hanna, Joe McVicar and Owen Hicks

Recorded: 3rd of August 2017

Released: 1st of September 2017

Duration: 2 hours 18 seconds

Aviation historian David Duxbury once again joins Dave Homewood on the WONZ Show for another in The Duxbury Files [...]

Aug 31 2017

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WONZ 186 – Russell Brodie and Errol Martyn

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Guest: Russell Brodie and Errol Martyn

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 30th of June 2018

Released: 27th of July 2018

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 16 seconds

This episode features the fourth and fifth speakers at the recent WONZ Forum Meet held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, at Wigram, Christchurch.

Russell Brodie of [...]

Jul 27 2018

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Episode 80 – Ake Ake Kia Kaha – The No. 75 Squadron Story

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Part One – The Wellingtons

Guests: Jack Wakefield and the late Nick Carter

Co-Hosts: Dave Homewood and Glen Turner

Duration: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 38 seconds

Topic: This is the first episode in a planned series detailing the long and proud history of No. 75 Squadron – both with the Royal Air [...]

Mar 31 2015

1hr 57mins

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Episode 70 – Les Munro Part One

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Guest: Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO, DFC

Host: Dave Homewood

Interviewers: Dave Homewood and Richard Carstens

Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes, 25 seconds

Topic: In this episode, part one of two, we hear an extremely interesting interview with Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO, DFC, RNZAF. He was one of the original [...]

Jul 02 2014

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Episode 127 – WOA – Terry Hetherington of the Fleet Air Arm Museum

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Guest: Terry Hetherington, Manager of the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum

Hosts: Dave Homewood and James Kightly

Recorded: 26th of November 2015

Duration: 1 hour  21 minutes 15 seconds

In this penultimate episode in the Wings Over Australia sub-series, Dave and James visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum of Australia at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, south of Sydney. There they met with the [...]

Dec 09 2016

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Episode 152 – Bomber Command Ceremony 2017

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Speakers: Squadron Leader Jonathan Pote MBE, AE (Master of Ceremonies) Ron Mayhill DFC (New Zealand Bomber Command Association President) Group Captain Ants Hawes (RNZAF Chaplain) Flight Lieutenant Ken Diekema (RNZAF Chaplain) His Excellency Rob Zaagman (Ambassador to the Kingdom of The Netherlands) Master Aircrew Andrew Burrows (Royal Air Force) Pat Johnson (Area President of the [...]

Jul 13 2017

1hr 23mins

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Episode 39 – Noel Kruse – Part Five

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Host: Dave Homewood

Guest: Noel Kruse

Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes, 06 seconds

Topic: Noel Kruse continues his story as a fighter pilot, now fying the CAC Avon Sabre Mk. 32 jets with No. 3 Squadron RAAF and No. 77 Squadron RAAF at RAAF Butterworth in Malaysia during the Indonsesian Confrontation conflict.

Mar 16 2013

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Episode 11 – Peter Lewis – Aviation Photo-Historian

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Host: Dave Homewood

Guest: Peter Lewis

Duration: 42 minutes, 46 seconds

Topic: Peter Lewis has a renowned collection of photographs and data on New Zealand aircraft that he has keenly shared for many years on the Wings Over New Zealand Aviation Forum. In this interview we hear how he first became interested in aviation [...]

Dec 31 2011

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WONZ 179 – Jack Davis and Colin Brown

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Guest: Oswald John “Jack” Davis (RAF 1337768, Wireless Operator-Air Gunner,WWII, born 18 May 1921 at Castleton, Wales), plus Jack’s son Barry Davis, and Jack’s neighbour WWII RNZAF Wireless Mechanic Colin Brown.

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 16th of of July 2012

Released: 27th of April 2018

Duration: 32 minutes 08 seconds

This episode is a conversation [...]

Apr 27 2018

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Episode 64 – WWII RNZAF Pilot Peter McKinlay

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Guest: Peter McKinlay, with Trevor McKinlay

Host: Dave Homewood

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 44 seconds

Recorded: 19th of December 2013, via Skype

Topic: In this episode Dave Homewood talks with 94 year old World War Two veteran Peter McKinlay of Cromwell, in Otago, New Zealand. Peter was a pilot on [...]

Apr 03 2014

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Episode 123 – The Air Force Museum of New Zealand – Part One

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Host: Dave Homewood Guests: Michelle Sim (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Communications Officer), and Nathan ‘Barf’ Bosher (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Safety and Surface Technician, in the Restoration Workshops) Recorded: 28th of October 2016 Duration: 1 hour 41 minutes 29 seconds

Quick Links: • The Air Force Museum of New Zealand Website

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Nov 10 2016

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Episode 71 – Les Munro Part Two

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Guest: Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO, DFC

Host: Dave Homewood

Interviewers: Dave Homewood and Richard Carstens

Duration: 1 hour, 24 minutes, 16 seconds

Topic: In this episode, part two of two, we continue with the very interesting interview with Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO, DFC, RNZAF. For part one please [...]

Jul 14 2014

1hr 24mins

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Episode 129 – The WONZ Christmas Birthday Special

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Guests: Bruce Cooke, Matt Austin and James Kightly

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 12th of December 2016

Published: 18th of December 2016

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes 27 seconds

In this special Dave and his guests Bruce, Matt and James celebrate both the Christmas season and the Wings Over New Zealand Show’s 5th Birthday. This episode [...]

Dec 18 2016

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Episode 147 – George Barclay

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Guest: George Barclay

Hosts: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 6th of June 2010

Released: 26th of May 2017

Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes 59 seconds

George Barclay joined the Territorial Army early in 1939 as a 15 year old, having put his age up to 19. When the war broke out he and his unit were mobilised [...]

May 25 2017

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WONZ 210 – Alex Liggett – Mosquito HR339

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Main Speaker: Alexander Liggett

Other Speaker: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 1st of September 2019

Released: 5th of December 2019

Duration: 38 minutes 3 seconds

In this talk given by Alex Liggett, President of Ferrymead Aeronautical Society, at the recent Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch, we hear about the de Havilland Mosquito FB.VI HR339.

Alex gives an overview of the history of the aircraft in wartime and postwar service, it’s period languishing on a Canterbury farm and the project’s recovery and ongoing restoration to static condition.

Quick Links:

•  Ferrymead Aeronautical Society’s Website

•  Ferrymead Aeronautical Society of Facebook

•  Ferrymead News on the WONZ Forum

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Facebook Page

Above: Alex giving his presentation (Photo Phil Treweek)

Alex used a Powerpoint Presentation with his talk and he has kindly provided the slides for listeners to see here to help understand what he’s talking about.

Dec 05 2019

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WONZ 209 – Buck Harrison – Helicopter Crewman

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Main Speaker: Warrant Officer Keith “Buck” Harrison, RNZAF Retired

Other Speaker: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 1st of September 2019

Released: 31st of October 2019

Duration: 51 minutes 51 seconds

This is the third episode from the recent Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch. We hear a talk given by Buck Harrison who joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1973 as an aircraft technician, and he worked on Dakotas, Strikemasters, Skyhawks, Iroquois and Airtrainers. He then decided to retrain as a Helicopter Crewman, which was an elite aircrew role.

Buck talks about the intensive selection and training process that he went through to become a ‘Crewman’. He then details some of the more interesting missions he was involved with, from search and rescue to firefighting to Navy and Army liaison, and from police work to VIP flying in Antarctica to working with the Department of Conservation (D.O.C.).

Quick Links:

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Website

•  The RNZAF’s Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Twitter Feed

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Thread on the WONZ Forum

Buck used a Powerpoint Presentation with his talk and he has kindly provided the photos for listeners to see here to help understand what he’s talking about.

Warrant Officer Buck Harrison, Helicopter Crewman

Buck working on a Strikemaster.

Buck, left, working on a Skyhawk.

Winching practice on the back of an Interisland ferry.

The Iroquois winch.

Low, hard and fast!

Stretchers rigged three high in the helicopter, and troops unload or load equipment during manoeuvres with the New Zealand Army.

A remote landing area during a search and rescue effort.

Working with the Department of Conservation (D.O.C.).

Carrying timber for a D.O.C. hut.

Transporting a section of a prefabricated D.O.C. hut

Working with the monsoon bucket and firefighters.

A calf is winched out of the snow where it was trapped in the Big Snow of 1992

Hay bails stacked into an Iroquois during the effort to feed and relieve stranded livestock after the Big Snow in 1992.

Relief effort after a cyclone in Fiji

Helping locals with building materials to rebuild in Fiji after a cyclone, Buck helps to load the timber while pilot Brett King is second from left

The cannabis wreath made by one of the policemen during the lunch break on a cannabis recovery mission

“Mine!!”

Buck Harrison

Sir Ed Hillary and crew in Antarctica

Antarctica

In 1992 the RNZAF operated two Iroquois in Antarctica

B..B…B…B… Bluebird’s the word

Buck of the Antarctic

The official party in Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hillary in the back row, centre, Prime Minister Jim Bolger, and Buck is on the right hand end in the black headband

The twelve-ship No. 3 Squadron RNZAF Iroquois Formation to mark 25 Years of service for the Bell UH-1 Iroquois with the RNZAF

Oct 31 2019

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WONZ 208 – The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand 50th Anniversary Fly-In

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Guests: Loretta McGarry, Bob McGarry, Amanda Rutland, Jim Lawson and Keith Skilling

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 19th of October 2019

Released: 25th of October 2019

Duration: 56 minutes 43 seconds

On the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of October 2019 the Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand held a special commemorative Fly-In at Taumarunui Aerodrome, in the heart of the King Country. This event marked 50 Years since the club formed with its first Fly-In at the same airfield back in 1969.

Dave Homewood was there and he took the opportunity to interview members of the club, to talk about the past, and the present and future of the club, plus some other aviation topics.

We hear from Loretta McGarry who was one of the founders of the club, who talks about those early days, and also her background in aviation from catering at Whenuapai Airport to fabric work and engineering on topdressers and classics like Piper Cubs and Tiger Moths.

Next up we hear from Bob McGarry who is another of the Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand’s founders. Bob talks about his memories of those early days too, and also discusses his life in aviation and the Simmonds Spartan that he rebuilt.

Tiger Moth pilot Amanda Rutland talks about the upcoming Tiger Moth Safari that is being planned for February 29th till the 13th of March in 2020, all around New Zealand.

And past president and well known engineer Jim Lawson talks about his experiences with the Tiger Moth Club if New Zealand and his background and lifetime in aviation.

Finally, the President Keith Skilling talks about the club, and his experiences, plus a little about what he’s up to these days since he retired from Warbird display flying.

Quick Links:

•  The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand Website

•  The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand Facebook Page

•  The Taumarunui Aero Club

Oct 25 2019

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WONZ 207 – Andy Love on Aerobatics

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Main Speaker: Andrew Love

Other Speaker: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 1st of September 2019

Released: 11th of October 2019

Duration: 35 minutes 19 seconds

This is the second episode from the recent Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch. We hear a talk given by Andy Love about aerobatics. Andy is a pilot and instructor with a passion for aerobatics, both flying them and the history of this medium of flying. He’s also an airshow display pilot, a warbird and classics pilot, a volunteer with The Vintage Aviator Collection, and a member of the team behind Warbirds Over Wanaka.

Andy talks about the New Zealand Aerobatic Club and the various competitions that he is involved with organising and competing in. He also talks about the aerobatic competition scene around he world, and he gives a fascinating insight into the history of aerobatics and how various manoeuvres used in combat, competitions and airshow displays came about.

Above: Andy during the presentation

Quick Links:

•  The New Zealand Aerobatic Club

•  The South Island Akro Fest Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Twitter Feed

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Thread on the WONZ Forum

During the talk Andy also screened a short promo film for the New Zealand Aerobatic Club. You can view a version of that below:

Oct 25 2019

35mins

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WONZ 206 – Louisa Hormann on The Guinea Pig Club

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Main Speaker: Louisa Hormann, Archives Technician at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Other Speakers: Dave Homewood and W/C Brett Marshall

Recorded: 1st of September 2019

Released: 25th of September 2019

Duration: 39 minutes 50 seconds

This is the first episode from the recent Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch. We hear an introduction from Dave Homewood, and a welcome to the crowd from Wing Commander Brett Marshall. And then the first speaker of the day was Louisa Hormann who works as an Archives Technician at the Museum.

Louisa makes a fascinating presentation based on her research into The Guinea Pig Club, whose members were burn victims that were being treated using pioneering plastic surgery techniques at the RAF Hospital at East Grinstead. Louisa details the background of the surgical techniques and the club, and she talks about the New Zealand connections with all four of the main surgeons. She also gives some personal stories of New Zealanders who were members of the club. Also discussed is how the work of the surgeons and the members of the Club are remembered today in the museum context.

Above: Louisa Hormann during her talk (Photo Phil Treweek)



Above: Louisa Hormann during her talk (Photo Phil Treweek)

Above: Among the club’s many social exploits was the monthly publication of The Guinea Pig magazine. The illustration in the Guinea Pigs’ thought bubble would change every issue. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Air Ministry Pamphlet for the First Aid and Early Treatment of Burns in the Royal Air Force (1944 above; 1956 below, first and second editions). From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Above: Diagram from May 1944 first edition of First Aid and Early Treatment of Burns in the Royal Air Force. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Above: The McIndoe Memorial Statue at East Grinstead was designed by renowned British sculptor Martin Jennings and unveiled in June 2014. © Copyright Peter Trimming and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Above and below: Vernon Mitchell in the early stages of burns surgery and during reconstructive surgery, after an aircraft accident. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Above: Jack Williamson’s scrapbook contains photographs and notes about his treatment at Ely Hospital. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Quick Links:

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Twitter Feed

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Thread on the WONZ Forum

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Website

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Facebook Page

•   Sir Archibald McIndoe on Wikipedia

•   Sir Archibald McIndoe on New Zealand History

•  The Guinea Pig Club on Wikipedia

•  Henry Pickerill on Teara

•  Arthur Mowlem on Wikipedia

•  Harold Gillies on Teara

•  Paddy Hartley’s page on the Faces of Battle WWI exhibition, as referenced in the presentation

Note: The music is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

Sep 25 2019

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WONZ 205 – The World of Jimmy Ward VC

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Main Speaker: Des Underwood

Other Speakers: Jack Best (Introducing the event), Greg Brownless (Mayor of Tauranga)

Recorded: 6th of September 2019

Released: 15th of September 2019

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes 52 seconds

In this episode we hear a recording from the Fourth Annual Jean Batten Lecture, presented by Des Underwood to the Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The venue was the Boeing Room of Classic Flyers NZ Museum.

The topic of this year’s lecture was ‘The World of Jimmy Ward VC’. Des gives a background to the man, New Zealand’s first Victoria Cross recipient in WWII, awarded for his daring act in climbing onto the wing of a Wellington bomber while in flight to douse the flames of an engine fire. He covers Jimmy’s background and life before and in the RNZAF, the wing fire, and his sad death. Also Des covers the RAF at the time,the bombing war, and much more.

Quick Links:

•   Royal Aeronautical Society – Bay of Plenty Branch

•   James Ward VC on Wikipedia

•  Classic Flyers NZ Museum Website

•  Classic Flyers NZ Museum on Facebook

Jimmy Ward VC with his Victoria Cross medal ribbon


Jimmy Ward in the cockpit of a Wellington bomber of No. 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF

The foot holes made in the wing and fuselage by Jimmy when he ventured out to couragiously fight the fire in the starboard engine, whilst also fighting the freezing cold airflow over the wing

Above: Des Underwood delivering his lecture on The World of Jimmy Ward VC

Video Version
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Part Two

Part Three

Here are the videos that Des tried to screen and sadly had technical difficulties with:

Sep 15 2019

1hr 25mins

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WONZ 204 – W/C Brett Marshall

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Guest: Wing Commander Brett Marshall RNZAF, Director of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 2nd of September 2019

Released: 5th of September 2019

Duration: 41 minutes 20 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood sits down with Wing Commander Brett Marshall, RNZAF, who was recently appointed to the role of Director of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Brett was previously the Executive Officer at the museum. In this interview he discusses a variety of topics ranging from his background as a transport and maritime pilot and a flying instructor in the Air Force, to current museum policy, and exciting ongoing projects on large and small scales. Also discussed is the role of the museum as an RNZAF unit, and its importance to the various communities it serves.

Above: Wing Commander Brett Marshall at the 2019 ANZAC Day service held in the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Photo: Air Force Museum of New Zealand)

Above: Wing Commander Brett Marshall stands in front of the Roll of Honour in the Atrium of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Photo: Air Force Museum of New Zealand)

Quick Links:

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Facebook Page

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Twitter Feed

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Thread on the WONZ Forum

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Website

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Facebook Page

Note: The music is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

Sep 05 2019

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WONZ 203 – Warren Denholm on Mosquito PZ474

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Guest: Warren Denholm of Avspecs Ltd, aka Wal

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 19th of August 2019

Released: 24th of August 2019

Duration: 44 minutes 2 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood visits Wal Denholm in his office at Avspecs Ltd., the Ardmore-based warbird restoration company, to discuss the restoration and recent success with de Havilland Mosquito FB.6 PZ474.

This Mossie served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force as NZ2384, and then went to the USA. When it was purchased as a project by Texas-based collector Rod Lewis it returned to New Zealand as what can only be described as wreckage. Over the past four years PZ474 was rebuilt back to its magnificent former glory – in fact better than it ever would have looked.

It took to the air again at Ardmore on the 13th of January 2019, in stunning RAF Coastal Command colours, and after test flying it was shipped to the USA. In July PZ474 was one of the major stars of EAA AirVenture 2019 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the project won two awards, the Phoenix Award and the Grand Champion WWII award, the latter being the most prestigious of all awards at the world’s biggest aviation event.

Wal talks all about the Mosquito’s restoration and the Oshkosh experience. He also gives an overview of what else they are currently working on, the Curtiss Hawk for Jerry Yagen, the Supermarine Spitfire XVIe for a US-based customer, the next Mosquito project which is still for sale, the Grumman Widgeons and the Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony.

Quick Links:

•  Avspecs Ltd’s website

•  Avspecs on Facebook

•  Lewis Air Legends website

•  Lewis Air Legends on Facebook

•  Classic Aircraft Photography

Mosquito PZ474 over the Auckland coastline during its initial test flight in January 2019. (Photo courtesy of Gavin Conroy of Classic Aircraft Photography)

The Mosquito PZ474 at the Warbirds Open Day at Ardmore in November 2018 (Photo: Dave Homewood)

Mosquito PZ474 at the Warbirds Open Day at Ardmore in November 2018
(Photo: Dave Homewood)

Mosquito PZ474 at the Warbirds Open Day at Ardmore in November 2018
(Photo: Dave Homewood)

Mosquito PZ474 at the Warbirds Open Day at Ardmore in November 2018
(Photo: Dave Homewood)

Note: The music is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

Aug 24 2019

44mins

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WONZ 202 – Nevill Clarke

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Guest: Nevill Clarke
F/Lt William Paul Nevill Clarke, AFC, (cvsa). (5 Nov 1921 – 22 Aug 2019)

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 6th of February 2019

Released: 6th of August 2019

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 27 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood and Bevan Dewes visited 97-year-old veteran RNZAF pilot Nevill Clarke at his retirement village home in Northcote.

Nevill was one of the pilots of perhaps the least remembered part of the wartime air force, RAF Ferry Command. He was tasked with flying newly built aeroplanes that were rolling out of American factories across the Atlantic to Britain. In his time he ferried Lockheed Hudsons, Lockheed Venturas, Douglas C-47 Dakotas, Consolidated Liberators, Martin Baltimores, Martin Marauders, and probably others. He flew both the northern and southern routes.

He also spend a number of months piloting the Consolidated RY-3 (the transport version of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer) on the San Francisco to Sydney route. And he flew the Avro York for a period too on transport routes.

After a short postwar secondment to BOAC, Nevill left the RNZAF, came home to New Zealand, and joined TEAL on the 7th of May 1947. He flew as co-pilot and later captain with the airline, encompassing such aircraft types on the Short Empire, the Short Sandringham, the Short Solent, the Douglas DC-6, the Lockheed Electra, the Douglas DC-8 and lastly the Douglas DC-10.

Above: Nevill Clarke whilst in the RNZAF during WWII (Photo via his neice Deborah Clarke)

Above: Nevill Clarke in his TEAL uniform (Photo via his neice Deborah Clarke)

Above: Nevill Clarke celebrating a birthday (Photo via his neice Deborah Clarke)

Above: Nevill Clarke, former RNZAF pilot who served with RAF Ferry Command, and flew with BOAC, TEAL and Air New Zealand, taken on the day of the interview (photo Dave Homewood)

A painting on Nevill’s wall of the Consolidated RY-3 he flew regularly across the Pacific

Above: Nevill with his painting (photo Dave Homewood)

Note: The music is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

Aug 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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WONZ 201 – John Hansen

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Guest: John Hansen

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 16th of June 2019

Released: 24th of July 2019

Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes 35 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood sat down with aeronautical engineer and recreational pilot John Hansen, in his hangar at his private strip at Pokuru. John talks about his life in aviation, from watching the topdressers as a kid at Rangiora and playing in his uncle’s war surplus Avro Ansons, to becoming a loader-driver with Peter Rowley’s Aerial Sowing. He learned to fly at Harewood and was intending to go commercial and get into flying topdressers, but his path diverted into engineering.

He worked with the then-new company New Zealand Aerospace Industries at Hamilton Airport, setting up tooling for production of the CT/4 Aitrainers, and then working on the assembly line of Airtrainers and Fletchers.

He then worked for around a decade with Wishart helicopters, which was owned by Sir Tim Wallis, during the height of the deer recovery days. When that industry cooled down, John returned to Aerospace, now known as Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. There he led the engineering team that created the turbine-engined CT-4C Airtrainer, and later worked on the upgraded piston version, the CT-4E. He also worked on the PT-6 engined Fletcher project,and the ANZAC Frigate project, before he went out on his own and is now an engineering consultant.

John also spent time in France at the Alpha factory preparing the engineering side of the deal that would see the production move to Hamilton in New Zealand.

Meanwhile he got into recreational flying and briefly owned a Bede BD-5 project. He replaced that with a Druine Turbulent that he flew all over the country for many years. And later he built his Hansen Deuce, which is based on the Bakeng Deuce but very highly modified by John.

Above: John Hansen with his Hansen Deuce ZK-JFH

Above: John telling stories about his beloved Turbulent ZK-CAX

Jul 23 2019

1hr 48mins

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WONZ 200 – 200th WONZ Show

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Guest: Bevan Dewes

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 8th of July 2019

Released: 10th of July 2019

Duration: 57 minutes 17 seconds

The show is finally back after a long hiatus, and with our 200 Wings Over New Zealand Show. Host Dave Homewood is joined by one of his best friends, Bevan Dewes , who is [...]

Jul 10 2019

57mins

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WONZ 199 – Bill Rolfe

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Guest: Bill Rolfe

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 29th of June 2013

Released: 19th of January 2019

Duration: 54 minutes 07 seconds

To mark the return to flight of de Havilland Mosquito PZ474 (aka NZ2384, ZK-BCV and N9909F) on the 13th of January 2019, we have a special treat. Dave Homewood has pulled a fascinating and [...]

Jan 19 2019

54mins

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WONZ 198 – Chris Pote

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Guest: Wing Commander Chris Pote, RAF

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 7th of January 2019

Released: 11th of January 2019

Duration: 57 minutes 55 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood talks with Wing Commander Chris Pote, of the Royal Air Force, who recently in November and December 2018 made an epic flight in a Eurostar light sport aircraft all the way from Great Britain to New [...]

Jan 11 2019

57mins

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WONZ 197 – Christmas Forum 2018

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Guests: Bevan Dewes and Matt Austin

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 20th of December 2018

Released: 23rd of December 2018

Duration:  2 hours 12 minutes 23 seconds

This episode of the WONZ Show sees the return of the popular “The Forum” format where Dave talks with guests Bevan Dewes and Matt Austin in a panel style show. They discuss that [...]

Dec 23 2018

2hr 12mins

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WONZ 196 – Cold War Pilots

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Guests: Graeme Gleeson and Dick Ingham

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 8th of December 2018

Released: 14th of December 2018

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 43 seconds

This episode has the other two speakers at the recent WONZ Christmas Party 2018, which was held at the Fly DC3 Hangar at Ardmore Airport. This follows on from WONZ [...]

Dec 14 2018

1hr 10mins

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WONZ 195 – WONZ Christmas Party: Allan Emett

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WWII Corsair pilot Alan Emett talks to a live audience about his wartime experiences [...]

Dec 10 2018

59mins

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WONZ 194 – John Denton

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Guest: John Denton

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 23rd of September 2018

Released: 23rd of November 2018

Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes 43 seconds

In this episode John Denton talks about his aviation experiences, from the days when he flew in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and later with Air New Zealand, and with New [...]

Nov 23 2018

1hr 38mins

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WONZ 193 – CAA at Black Sands 2018

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Speakers: Bruce Cooke (SAANZ Waikato and Bay of Plenty Chapter Secretary) Paula Moore (Flight Operations Team Leader, Recreational Aviation, NZ CAA) Doug Hamilton (Flight Operations Inspector, Recreational Aviation, NZ CAA)

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 3rd of November 2018

Released: 6th of November 2018

Duration: 38 minutes 38 second

In this episode we hear a live [...]

Nov 06 2018

38mins

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WONZ 192 – Denis Pothan

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Guest: Denis Pothan

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 22nd of October 2018

Released: 23rd of October 2018

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 1 second

In this episode Dave sat in the sunshine chatting with former RNZAF Safety and Surface Worker Denis Pothan, who called into Cambridge on his way home after attending the Safety and Surface [...]

Oct 23 2018

1hr 15mins

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WONZ 191 – Captain Geoff White

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Guest: Captain Geoff White

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 1st of October 2017

Released: 17th of October 2018

Duration: 1 hour 23 seconds

In this episode we hear from Geoff White, who was a childhood friend of the legendary pilot Ray Hanna, serving together in the Air Training Corps during the 1940’s. Upon leaving school Geoff [...]

Oct 17 2018

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