mentioned in Despatches (NY 1946) for
with 485 Squadron RNZAF (Spitfire).
Waipawa, Hawke's Bay. Enlisted with the RNZAF
Trained Bell Block, New Plymouth, on Tiger Moths.
Then, with many others,
at the Empire Training School, Canada. Advanced
training on Harvards, Yales.
of MILES MASTER 2s
with other air and ground crews to the UK.
Landed there April 1943 and posted to 485
Drem in Scotland. Trained on Miles Masters 1s
Max took part in the
usual sorties 485 were involved in.
Whilst 'on the job' after the invasion of
Europe, at an occupation drome, (B105,
he had the misfortune of another Spitfire
landing from behind and on top of his
aircraft. Its prop chewed its way up to
his cockpit where,
luckily, it stopped...but left him with
Both aircraft were write-offs.
Max's U/S MkXVI OUD
Drope, Germany 19 June '45
was shot down about the time the allied armies
crossing the Rhine, (a crucial period of the
Fortunately, he landed, (via parachute), on the
of the river. He continued missions in Europe.
Courtesy British Admiralty
Max and Flying
Kearins were both
with destroying, between them, three
in the Scheldt Estuary February 1945.
Possibly the only ones to be detroyed by
Merville Airfield (B53)
France. Sept. 1944.
a little Agfa vest-pocket camera
he kept in his top pocket,
Max managed to gather a number of
'unofficial' shots - some of which
appear on this page.
Max 'in the office'.
Merville, France. 1944.
of Max's incredible shots - "Line
Taken through his gunsight, during the
journey from Merville, France, to bomb
'mess up' the Calais docks. Max was
flying as No.4.
photo appeared in the UK journal of the
Spitfire Society and created much
with the editorial staff.
Years Day 1945.
The German airforce launched an attack with all
the aircraft they could muster for a
"boden platte" - a 'last fling' in
destroying as many aircraft as possible
on the occupied airfields around Europe.
A very sad Max
looking over the mess.
is all that was left of Max's Spitfire when the
(B65) Maldegem, Belgium, was straffed by six ME
Thirteen aircraft on the field were destroyed