WONZ 184 – Philip Stewart

Guest: Flight Lieutenant Philip Stewart QSM, mid
NZ404962, born 18th of October 1917 at Wanganui, aged 100 at the time of this talk

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 30th of June 2018

Released: 13th of July 2018

Duration: 42  minutes 37 seconds

This is the second speaker at the recent Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, at Wigram, Christchurch. Philip Stewart was born in Wanganui in 1917, and he joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force on the 1st of December 1940.

Following his pilot training he travelled to Britain and was attached to the Royal Air Force, where he served with No. 91 Squadron RAF, No. 129 Squadron RAF, No. 616 Squadron RAF and No. 1 Squadron RAF. Most of his flying in Britain was in Supermarine Spitfires, although he had a brief foray into flying the North American Mustang too, which he did not like particularly.

Philip gives a very interesting and lively talk about his experiences during those days.


Philip Stewart QSM, mid, during his address to the WONZ Forum Meet


Philip Stewart during WWII

Quick Links:

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Note: The music at the end of the audio version of this show is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

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