Tax Management NZ (TMNZ) has arranged a reunion for the five New Zealand-based Royal Air Force (RAF) veterans it helped three years ago in getting to London to visit the Bomber Command Memorial built to honour their sacrifice during World War II.
The Northern Club in Auckland will play host to a lunch for former British airmen Des Hall (flight engineer), Doug Williamson (rear gunner), Harry Cammish (flight engineer), Wally Halliwell (ground crew engineer) and Eddie Leaf (air gunner) tomorrow afternoon.
It provides an opportunity for the quintet and those who travelled with them to reminisce about their visit to the Bomber Command Memorial at Green Park, Piccadilly.
The RAF veterans’ family members and a select group of TMNZ staff and clients will be among the attendees.
In 2012, TMNZ founder director Ian Kuperus funded a special trip for the men and their families to visit the Bomber Command Memorial after they missed out on the New Zealand Defence Force-funded trip to attend the official unveiling because they flew with the RAF and not the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II.
No assistance was offered by the British Government to any United Kingdom or overseas-based Bomber Command veteran wanting to attend the ceremony.
Ian was especially touched by their heroics during World War II as his father was from Holland, where the Bomber Command dropped food parcels during the Hunger Winter in 1944.
Below is a story about the trip which featured on current affairs programme Close Up.