Who we Were



1957 - RNZAF Pilot and Navigator Training


No. 25 Wings Course Graduation Ball held at RNZAF Base Wigram. December 18, 1957. Ground and Flight Instructors at the back, with Pilot and Navigator graduates in the front.

Back row: John Wood, Roger Stretton, Alex Campbell, Rutherford Hancock, Peter Brown, John
Laing [standing behind], Horse Boyd, Sgt Gurr, Dick Broderick, Mayne
Hawkins [partly hidden], Lindsay Caudwell and Walter Wagtendonk.

Kneeling instructors: Ron McKenzie, Ross Swap and Murray Peacock.

Kneeling students: Alan Papesch [engineer], Peter Tremayne, Alistair McLean, Graham
Register, Warrick Batten [NAC], Ian Collins, Colin Mackey [TAF], Gary Hilder,
Roger Gray [NAC], Bob Graham [TAF] and Russell Branks. Missing is Peter Pennell [ Nav. on Canberras in the UK]


1958 - 1999 Brothers in Arms

  • 1963 March, Christchurch: Me walking with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, presenting the 100 man Guard of Honour.
  • 1966 RAF Changi: Eric Metcalf, Pete Hughan, me, Colin Simmons, Nobby Clark, Howard Saunders, John Cotton & unknown RAF officer
  • 1967, at USAF Base Kadena, Okinawa: Dave Geddes, Hugh Francis, Pete Hughan, John Cotton and two USAF F-104 pilots
  • 1972, Dacca, Bangaladesh Relief Mission:  Dave Hill, Frank Dimond, self and Minister of Relief & Rehab.
  • 1974 ANZUK Air HQ, Singapore: S/L Jim Garland (RAAF), Self, A/C Bay Adams (RAAF),  W/C Waterfield (RAF), W/C Scrimshaw (RNZAF)
  • 1975, South Vietnam: Last days at Saigon Airport with 41 Squadron RNZAF crewmembers.
  • 1976, Wellington: First run of the Wellington Hash House Harriers
  • 1979, San Antonio USA: Self with senior officers of the Royal Thai Air Force
  • 1981, Seletar, Singapore - Stillwell folks: Self, Graham Chapell, Keith Powles, Bill Fuller and Bill Boyd
  • 1983, Nepal: A trail birthday on the Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • 1984, Townsville Qld: Self and Bruce Walker with Bougainville Copper's Westwind.
  • 1984, Keita airport, Bougainville: Westwind pilot Shaun Davis with Nelson
  • 1988, Louisville, Ky USA: Self on the extreme left with the first Boeing 727 class for the UPS airline
  • 1990, Night flight in UPS B727 with First Officer Christine McKinley
  • 1992, Mera Peak, Nepal at 20,000 feet: Self with climbing friends from Australia and Nepal
  • 1992, Cologne, Germany Xmas: With UPS 747/727 crews: Brett Gibbons, Monica Betor, Mike Zolke, Self, Jim Keogh