Service Personnel
Flight Lieutenant


Nos. 101, 103 Squadrons RAF. No. 75 Squadron and City of Napier No.13 ATC Cadet Squadron. A regular Officer.
Many Ex-No.13 (City of Napier) Squadron ATC cadets would remember Bob
with great respect for his dedication, his quiet way of getting things done,
the smooth-running of No.13 for over 20 years
and, finally, as its Commanding Officer.
Bob was born in New Zealand and went to the UK with his parents just before
the outbreak of WW2.He signed up with the RAF and trained as an air gunner.
He was posted to 103 & 101 Sqdrns, flying Halifaxes & Wellingtons.
The Squadrons changed aircraft to Lancasters.
He transferred to RNZAF 75 Squadron, operating out of the UK.
Through his service in the UK, Bob was involved in three aircraft crashes,
finally bailing-out of a disabled Lanc which landed him in a Stalag for two years.

He kept a diary of his time in the long march, (just before the war finished), when, with 200,000
POW allied servicemen, was marched deeper into Germany with senseless loss of lives .

A very sad time for Bob was on being called back to his parents' home in Sturry, (NE of Canterbury),
while he was on training at Blackpool. On the train journey to Sturry, browsing the morning paper,
he read about the death of his parents, brother and sister the day before during a bombing raid.

An enormous tragedy. For Bob, a young man about to head into the dangers of
raids into occupied Europe, it must have been devastating and so hard to come to terms with.

( As a young Flt/Sgt ATC Cadet, Bob supported me all the way. He was a true gentleman - Ed )