Maori aircrew serving with 75 (NZ) Squadron, 1939-45

This post holds information that many people are unaware of. I’m certain you’ll enjoy this.  For further information, you can enter the 28 Maori Battalion HERE___

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Many thanks once again to Chris for his contribution of this post. Whilst the blog has presented information about the Maori airmen that flew with 75(NZ) Squadron, specifically to certain crews, I think it’s fitting tribute to them as a group that we should recognise these individuals and their contribution to the Squadron and Bomber Command – as Chris observes, It’s fascinating, and quite ironic that these young boys, often from isolated rural backgrounds, travelled to the other side of the world in Britain’s defence, when it’s quite feasible that their great-grandfathers could have fought against the British in defence of their own lands and political independence………

MUS050651-1600 Photo from The Weekly News,17 March 1943, with caption, “A Maori team at a British air station – R. W. Raharuhi (Takara), M. T. Parata (Waikanae), M. T. T. Manawaiti and E. H. Gray (Otaki).” Thought to have been taken at Mildenhall.
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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 28, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. You are to be commended on this great tribute to the memory of these elite men.
    An elite group of airman whose contribution to the war must be considered exceptional.
    Ian

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    • Thank you very much, Ian. When I said I wish everyone’s story could be told – I meant it. I know there are tons that I will miss, but at least I can give it a go. I appreciate you always being such a loyal reader.

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  2. I didn’t know about these men. You have reminded me that I have distant relatives in New Zealand. In WWII Clarence Tibbets came to England, joined the RAF and died in the autumn of 1940, I think over Berlin.

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  3. The Maori contribution to 75 Squadron deserves remembering. I was able to publish a little of the story back in the late 1990s, in my history of the RNZAF, but not in much detail. Good to see an account of their work and some of the names!

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  4. As I remember, they were a pretty tough group. Interesting article.

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    • Yes, I believe they were, Jacqui. That’s why I sometimes think it wise to reblog an article from someone who knows a situation better than I can do the research for it.

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  5. Hey boys, fix those hats or you’ll be “flying” pots and pans.

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