Episode 102 – Bomber Command Commemorative Service 2016

Recorded: 12th  of June 2016

Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes 52 seconds

In this episode we hear the recording of the New Zealand Bomber Command Commemorative Service held in the Hall of Memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  This annual event remembers the thousands of New Zealanders who served with Bomber Command in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



The Master of Ceremonies who introduces all the speakers is Squadron Leader Jonathan Pote (Rtd), seen above.

The speakers, in order of appearance, are:

  Ron Mayhill DFC – WWII Bomb Aimer with No. 75 (NZ) Squadron, and now President of the New Zealand Bomber Command Association

  Roy Clare CBE – Director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum

  Squadron Leader The Reverend Stuart Hight – RNZAF Chaplain

• Alfred Ngaro MP representing the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs

  Boguslaw Nowak – Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland

  Colonel Acton Kilby of the Canadian Armed Forces

  Group Captain Tim Walshe – Base Commander of RNZAF Base Auckland
•  S/Ldr Stuart Hight speaks again
  Pat Johnson – President of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Returned and Services Association, reading The Ode To The Fallen
  Sir Richard Taylor via video – Weta Workshops Director (apologies the audio is not better)
  Able Musician Rebecca Nelson, Royal New Zealand Navy – leading the National Anthem of New Zealand


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Quick Links
• The New Zealand Bomber Command Association

• The New Zealand Bomber Command Association Facebook Page

• The Auckland War Memorial Museum

  The 2014 Bomber Command Commemorative Service in WONZ Show Episode 67

Note: A small amount of editing has been made to the recording to enhance your listening pleasure.

The tune heard is Benedictus, by Karl Jenkins, and the Lancaster sounds and poem “Lie In The Dark And Listen” come from the CD release “A Tribute To Bomber Command” by Joe Williams, Rear Gunner

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