Bob & Jenny’s day

One of the intriguing entries in Gerry Newey’s 1945 diary refers to him taking leave to be a witness at a friend’s wedding.   On the 9th of March he writes: “Saw Bob Bawden to arrange his wedding which is …

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Gerry in Canada, 1943

Another Newey family photo album has recently been scanned and these “new” images have surfaced, taken during Gerry Newey’s Wireless Operator / Air Gunner training in Canada, in the summer and fall of 1943. Gerry had sent them home to …

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Farewell Dougie

Such sad news, Dougie Williamson passed away last Saturday. He had spent a few days in hospital, then was sent home about 10 days ago. I knew that he was still unwell but it was a real blow to hear …

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Dougie & Janet at home

The last of the JN-Dog Boys, Dougie Williamson, is living a very comfortable life with his wife Janet, here in Auckland, NZ. A recent issue of “Haven” lifestyle magazine featured the stylish Westmere home shared by three generations of the …

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Coffee & tee-shirt

It’s such a privilege and such a pleasure to live in the same town as Dougie Williamson, the last of the JN-Dog Boys, and to be able to get together with him and his lovely wife Janet, pretty much any …

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A new photo – with Wi and Johnny

Recently a comment popped up on Simon Sommerville’s fantastic 75(NZ) Sqdn website, the poster identifying himself as the son of Lancaster pilot Wi Rangiuaia. Wi was one of the pilots in C Flight, the same Flight and at the same …

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Joyce Hooper – a tribute

Emily Hooper, grand-daughter of Jim and Joyce Hooper has emailed us with the very sad news that her grandmother passed away last month. Joyce had fallen in her garden and broken her hip – a few weeks later she died …

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Johnny and Betty’s wedding

Skipper Johnny Wood’s daughter Debbie has just sent through a beautiful photo of her parents’ wedding.   Plans for the wedding were already under way on the 10th of January 1945 when Johnny asked Gerry to be his Best Man, …

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Morning tea at Ron’s place

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a special morning tea at the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village at Remuera for a few of the remaining Bomber Command veterans in the Auckland-Hamilton area. It was organised by the New Zealand Bomber Command Association.   I picked …

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Air Gunners, Mepal 1945

In the last post there was a letter written to Mr & Mrs Williamson by Wing Commander C. H. “Mac” Baigent, DFC and Bar (later DSO and AFC), Officer Commanding 75 (NZ) Squadron, sending condolences for their missing son, Sgt …

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