Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Old Recruits Celebrate NZPAF Enlistment

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release
4 November 2005

Old Recruits Celebrate New Zealand Permanent Air Force Enlistment

The seven surviving members of the original New Zealand Permanent Air Force (NZPAF) will celebrate the 69th Anniversary of their enlistment on 4 November 2005.

The NZPAF became the Royal New Zealand Air Force on 1 April 1937, following the passing of the Air Force Act.

On November 4, 1936 fifty new recruits doubled the strength of the NZPAF.

For one of the surviving members, Wing Commander (retired) John Claydon the memory of reporting for duty hasn’t faded.

“We turned up at the Trentham railway station to report for duty at the Trentham Military Camp for recruit training,” said Wing Commander Claydon

“Trentham's only vehicle was a half ton truck and all our baggage was loaded aboard. Then we formed up and marched into camp along the dusty gravel road. One of the recruits arrived by motor-cycle and he was required to march at the rear, pushing his machine.”

“We were quartered in WW1 huts, 25 to each, with folding, wooden, slatted beds and a WW1 washbasin under the bed for use in the outside open ablutions,” he said.

The planned three-month course was extended to six months while barracks at Wigram were being built.

The survivors are:

36113 Wing Commander J R Claydon. Christchurch. Pilot
36116 Wing Commander K E Fennessy. Hastings. Accountant Officer
36119 Wing Commander J Hardy. Blenheim. Engineer Officer
36123 Squadron Leader J D Hurley Auckland. Engineer Officer
36124 Wing Commander R C Jones Blenheim. Engineer Officer
36128 Warrant Officer J MacIntosh Christchurch. Engineer
36144 Flight Lieutenant K M McGill Christchurch. Equipment Officer


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in which he has been invisible ever since – Bayly seems destined for a future as a trivia quiz question. That’s because as the National leadership contest comes down to a choice between Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, the only decisions to be made on Tuesday are over who gets to be leader, and who gets the Finance job... More>>


Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>

Government: Supporting New Zealanders To Recover From COVID-19 In The Community
The Government is increasing the support for New Zealanders who test positive for COVID-19 through the rollout of the COVID Care in the Community model and a $300 million funding boost to Pharmac to purchase new medicines to treat the virus, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>


National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>

Government: Providing Business The Tools To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is building on measures to protect businesses and workers from COVID-19 as the country gets ready to transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on December 3, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels