The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – 70th Anniversary of VJ Day – Episode 7

WONZ_Live_Aug_15WARBIRD RADIO – On Saturday the 15th of August 2015 we will mark the 70th Anniversary of V.J. Day, or “Victory over Japan Day”. This was the day that saw rejoicing around the world following the news of the Japanese Empire’s ceasefire with the intention to surrender, finally ending the Second World War.

In this episode we will looking at the Pacific War. In the first half we’ll detail one particular incident that befell the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No. 14 (Fighter) Squadron when an attempt to ferry a group of Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks from New Zealand to the front line war zone at Guadalcanal ended in near disaster. This story is told by four veterans who were involved, fighter pilots Noel Hanna and top ace Geoff Fisken DFC, with wireless operator Joe McVicar and air electrician Owen Hicks.

We’ll also have some recent warbird news from around New Zealand and Australia, and for the second half Dave and Grant will be live discussing the Pacific War. If you have an interesting story to tell about the Pacific war, please call in and join the conversation.

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One Response to “The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – 70th Anniversary of VJ Day – Episode 7”
  1. Dave Homewood says:

    Hi all, I forgot to add into the blurb above that the two photos on this page show an RNZAF ferry formation on the left with a Lockheed Hudson reconnaissance bomber as lead ship and five Curtiss P-40’s making a trans-oceanic crossing, very similar to the one described in the story.

    And right is the four pilots who came down on the beach in their P-40’s as covered in this episode. Staff from the nearby US military hospital came to assist immediately, and following a thorough medical check the four pilots were issued all new US Army uniforms as their own kit bags had gone back to Norfolk Island in the Hudsons. This photo was taken after they got into the new uniforms. Left to right are F/O Keith Macdonald DFC, F/O Pat Morpeth, F/O Ralph Karsten and Sgt Noel Hanna. The photos were kindly supplied by Noel Hanna, who helps to tell this episode’s story.

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