Episode 146 – Jim Richmond – Wartime RNZAF Meteorologist

Guest: James Callister ‘Jim’ Richmond (10 January 1915 – 8 September 2013)

Hosts: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 3rd of June 2010

Released:  19th of May 2017

Duration: 32 minutes 15 seconds

Jim Richmond was a Meteorologist in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two. He served at RNZAF Station Waipapakauri, with No. 7 (GR) Squadron, then No. 9 (GR) Squadron at Plaine des Gaiacs in New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, and Guadalcanal. He also served on many stations around New Zealand.

Jim recalled his personal connection with the tragic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crash at Whenuapai. He also explains the methods they used to predict the weather around New Zealand and the Pacific.

This interview was conducted with Jim in his resthome at Onewa Lodge, Birkenhead.

The late Jim Richmond in June 2010

Closing Music is ‘Fog’ by Sergey Cheremisnov.

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