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Lieutenant Henry Hamer AFC - Collection

Collection | Ref # 1988/4 | Held by Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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Lieutenant Henry Hamer AFC - Collection


Henry Hamer

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Flying log books (4), containing detailed descriptions of operations, aphotograph album, testemonial letter, Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate and driver's licence relating to the World War One service of Lt Henry Hamer with the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force, 1915-1919.

Henry Hamer was born at Molesay in Surrey on 22 May 1897. He attended Denstone College, Uttoxeter from September 1910 to April 1915 before learning to fly at the Hall School of Flying at Hendon, May-October 1915. He was awarded FAI Aviator's Certificate number 1935 on 22 October 1915.

Receiving a commission in the Royal Flying Corps, after training in the UK, Hamer was posted to 12 Squadron flying the BE-2c in July 1916. He served through the Battle of the Somme. After scout training at 1 Aircraft Depot in January 1917, he joined 60 Squadron on Nieuport Scouts at Le Hameau, serving with them until March 1917, when he returned to England.After service at the Testing Squadron, Martlesham Heath between April and June 1917, he joined 78 (Home Defence) Squadron at Telescombe near Brighton and then 44 (Home Defence) Squadron in October 1917. After service at 1 School of Aerial Fighting at Ayr, Hamer was posted to 74 Squadron in March 1918.

Hamer went to France again with A Flight of 74 Squadron under Mick Mannock VC in 1918 and was mentioned in Ira Jones's King of Air Fighters and Mannock's published diary, as well as flying with Keith Logan Caldwell. He left the Western Front on 28 July 1918 and was briefly hospitalised. His final position was as Flight Commander at the RAF Wireless Telegraphy School until 12 October 1919. He was awarded the Air Force Cross, gazetted 5 June 1919. During his career, he amassed 553 hours 52 minutes.

Hamer left England on 14 June 1929 on the SS Ruahine to come to New Zealand. He first features on census rolls in the Bay of Islands as a secretary/clerk in 1935. A single joyride flight in RNZAF Harvard NZ896 on 9 July 1943 from Mangere is recorded in his final log book. He died on 17 September 1956 aged 59 and is buried in Waikumete Cemetery, south of Auckland.

Dates covered:

1915 - 1919

Physical characteristics:

The log books are bound with string together in a book cover.

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Fighter pilot · Royal Flying Corps (RFC) · Royal Air Force (RAF) · World War One (1914-1918)

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