NEWS AND UPDATES
MT STEWART DEVELOPMENT
On 9th October the Chair of the Missing Wingman Trust joined the RNZAF Ohakea command team, Manawatu District Council mayor Helen Worboys, and members of the MDC Parks and Property team in marking Phase 2 of the Mt Stewart development with a ceremonial planting. The development incorporates a design that reflects one of the aims of the Trust - remembering those we've lost - and is based on a 'missing man' formation.
The Trust, supported by volunteers from Ohakea, will continue to support this development over coming years.
Veteran's Forum 2023
On 27 June, Ron Thacker (Chair) and SQNLDR Heather Peart (Ohakea Rep) represented the MWT at a forum for veterans at the Barber Hall in Palmerston North. As well as providing an opportunity to connect with recently retired RNZAF personnel, it was a great opportunity to network with like minded organisations, including the RSA, the Ranfurly Veterans Trust and Veterans Affairs.
In July 2022., Dave Wray (RNZAF officer and part-time Harcourts real estate agent) presented the Missing Wingman Trust with a cheque for $500, drawn from the commission he made on property sales. Accepting the cheque is trust Chair, Ron Thacker. Thanks to Dave and the Harcourts team for their support!
Ohakea Memorial Garden
In late 2021, the MWT commissioned a bench seat for the memorial garden adjacent to the chapel on RNZAF Base Ohakea. The seat was constructed by W/O (Rtd) Mac McCormack and installed with the help of base estate contractors. The memorial garden features an array of plaques honouring deceased aviators and provides a peaceful location for private reflection.
One of the things that can be really important to a number of our Wingman families is still feeling connected to the Air Force after a loved one has died. There are many ways we remember these families and their loved ones and it's an important part of what we do. This new memorial to mark the location of the final flight of NZ1990 is another example of this. It has just been made and installed on the coast at Raumai, in time for the anniversary in January. We will remember them.
RNZAF Air Tattoo
We had a fantastic time at the 2017 Air Tattoo. Not only did we raise around $10,000 for the trust, but we had the opportunity to talk with a wider range of the NZ public about what we do and how they can help. And if was great to launch our new range of hats and caps at the same time. They look great! You can get your own one here.
3 Squadron Book Fundraiser
Copiers of Paul Harrison's official history of No. 3 Squadron RNZAF is available for sale through trhe Missing Wingman Trust, with all proceeds going to the trust. This 600 page, fully illustrated book tells the stories of the men, women and machines that have been a part of the squadron for its first 86 years. For the price of $50 (plus postage) you can support the trust and obtain a great read by ordering through our 'Shop' page.
Wings Over New Zealand Podcast
Checkout Episode 110 of this kiwi aviation podcast from 31 July 2016. It features Tim Costley, founder of our charity, and gives you a bit of an insight into the trust in the lead-up to the Wingman Brunches in August.
In July 2016 we took two trust families to the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, at the former Base Wigram. A fantastic and emotional day for both families. For one family (pictured) it was the very first flight (on the Air Force 757) for three of the boys. So cool that we could be a part of that, and a special connection for them with their dad's old job.
We only play a small part, but it's great to maintain the connection with the families of those we've lost, and remind them that we still remember and they are still a part of us.
Thanks also to the RNZAF for helping us get them there.
Fantastic to be able to award another teritary scholarship to the daughter of a former serviceman. This is initially a two year award to give her some certainty during the first years of her study. Great to be able to help, and wishing her all the best for the year ahead!
Still want more?
You can also read our regular updates in the Air Force News here.