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Hawkins, Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda - Papers

Collection | Ref # 1981/156 | Held by Air Force Museum of New Zealand


Hawkins, Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda - Papers


Five sheet manuscript memoir by NZ37195 Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda Hawkins, armourers's notebook and 5 newspaper cuttings. Hawkins joined the RNZAF in 1937 and served until 1953, primarily as an armourer.

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Dates covered:

1937 - Circa 1960
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I had the privilege of serving under W/O "Penn" Hawkins on RNZAF Base Lauthala Bay in Suva, Fiji, in 1958-59. Clearly, the above mentioned years of service, 1937-1953, are incorrect. I have a photo of the 1961 Armourers at Lauthala Bay, and Penn is in the centre.
Our Armament records have his Service Number as 70387, presumably a post-war renumbering, and his RIP date as 20th August 1980
In my experience, Penn Hawkins was one of the better W/Os I ever served under.

Ron Hales · Posted 09 February 2012

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