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Hawkins, Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda - Papers

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

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Title:

Hawkins, Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda - Papers

Creator:

Hawkins, Warrant Officer Gilmore Penda

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

7 items

Reference number:

1981/156

Description:

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.

The memoir covers his early life in New Plymouth and enlistment into the RNZAF, training and broad course of his service with a variety of units and stations during World War 2 in both New Zealand and the Pacific.

The cuttings refer to Royal visits and reviews of New Zealand forces in the 1950s and 60s.

Dates covered:

1937 - Circa 1960

Access conditions:

No restrictions

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Places:

New Plymouth · RNZAF Wigram, New Zealand

Keywords:

World War, 1939-1945 · Ground Crew · Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) · Royalty · Armourer

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