Virtual Museum - WWII Signatures


Wing Commander Paddy Barthropp, DFC - two and two shared destroyed, one probable, three damaged.  Signature on print of  "Spitfire Supreme" by John Young.
Air Marshall Sir Richard Bruce Bolt, KBE, CB, DFC, AFC (pff).  Bolt joined the RNZAF in 1942 and flew on active service in Europe.  During his first tour, he flew Halifaxes with 51 Squadron.  On his second tour, he flew Lancasters with 35 (Pathfinder) Squadron RAF.  On returning to New Zealand, he was a flight commander with No. 41 Squadron in 1953 and became CO of No. 40 Squadron in 1954 (flying Hastings).  From July 1955 to July 1957, he was CO of No.24 (Commonwealth) Squadron RAF.  He returned to New Zealand again as Transport Wing Commander in August 1957. He attended the Imperial Defence College in 1967. After further numerous appointments, he later became Chief of Air Staff in September 1974 and then Chief of Defence Staff in October 1976 to April 1980.

Sir Francis Chichester. Pioneering aviator, yachtsman and navigator. Signature on inside of logbook for his Gipsy Moth G-AAKK.
Flight Lieutenant Aitken Maxwell (Max) Davis, DFC.  Officer in Charge of 'B" Flight, No. 23 (Fighter) Squadron, RNZAF.  Before flying F4U Corsairs for two tours with No. 23 Squadron, Davis flew three tours with No. 15 Squadron, during which time he was credited with the destruction of two D3A 'Vals' on 1 October 1943 and one Zeke on 27 October 1943.  Signature on cover for 35th anniversary of the formation of No. 23 (Fighter) Squadron, RNZAF, 7 August 1979.
Air Commodore Alan Deere, OBE, DFC*, DFC (US) -  second highest scoring New Zealand fighter pilot - 17 and one shared destroyed, two and one shared unconfirmed destroyed, four probables, seven and one shared damaged.  Al Deere died in late September 1995.   Signature on cover for 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. "Adler Tag" 13 August 1940.

Major Thomas W Ferebee. Bombardier on the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
Group Captain Colin Gray, DSO, DFC** Gray was New Zealand's top-scoring fighter pilot and was credited with twenty-seven enemy aircraft destroyed, one shared and a further twenty-two probably destroyed or damagedHe was the seventh highest scoring pilot of the Battle of Britain and the twelth highest scoring fighter pilot serving with the RAF during WWII, and one of only 14 to score more than 25 confirmed victories.  Signature on pencil drawing of Colin's Spitfire by Ron Fulstow.
Wing Commander Richard C Haine.  Commanding Officer of No. 488 (NZ) Squadron January - October 1944.  Signature on cover for 40th Anniversary of the formation of No. 488 (NZ) Squadron RAF.
Air Vice-Marshall Johnnie Johnson, CBE, CB, DSO**, DFC* - 34 and seven shared destroyed, three and two shared probables, ten and three shared damaged, one shared destroyed on the ground.  Johnson was England's leading ace of WWII.  Johnson died on 6 Feburary 2001. Signature on print of  "Spitfire Supreme" by John Young.

Erich Hartmann. German pilot who was the highest scoring ace of all time. He scored 352 aerial victories. Hartmann died in 1993.

Captain Theodore J Van Kirk. Navigator aboard Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
Wing Commander R A Kirkup, AFC, RNZAF (Rtd.).  Commanding Officer of No. 40 Squadron RNZAF from September 1944 to April 1946.  Signature on cover for the presentation of The Standard to No. 40 Squadron RNZAF 9 February 1979.
Wing Commander Laddie Lucas, DSO*, DFC - one and two shared destroyed, one probable, eight and one shared damaged.  Signature on print of  "Spitfire Supreme" by John Young.
Squadron Leader J. N. MacKenzie, Commanding Officer No. 488 Squadron RNZAF January - March 1942.  Signature on cover of 40th Anniversary of the formation of No. 488 Squadron 2 September 1941.

Pfc. Richard H. Nelson. Radio operator on board the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
Wing Commander Geoffrey Page, DSO, DFC* - ten and five shared destroyed, three damaged.  Signature on print of  "Spitfire Supreme" by John Young.
Squadron Leader Harvey Nelson Sweetman, DFC.  Commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron RAF and flew Spitfires with No. 485 (NZ) Squadron.  Also flew Tempests with No. 486 (NZ) Squadron.  With more than five confirmed victories, Sweetman was a WWII Ace.  Signature in book he owned titled "The RAF in Action".

Colonel Paul W. Tibbets. Pilot of Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Wing Commander Henry (Harry) Rodolph Wigley, OBE, mid.  Later Sir Henry Wigley, KBE, OBE (Mil), mid.  Wigley flew two tours with P-40s in the Pacific, one with No. 14 Squadron and while CO of No. 19 Squadron RNZAF.  Died Christchurch 15 September 1980.  Signature in his biography "Ski-plane Adventure - Flying in the New Zealand Alps".


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