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Sydney Arthur Williams


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    Sydney Arthur AWMM
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    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
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    Tony AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZC451944 AWMM
    • WWII 451944 AWMM
    • NZ48152 AWMM
    • L72253 AWMM
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  • Enlisted as NZC451944 Sydney Arthur Williams as Aircrew u/t, 18 Apr 45 and Re-enlisted as NZ48152 as Navigator u/t, 4 May 48 and was Renumbered as 72253, Jan 1949.

    He joined the RNZAF in 1945 and flew ten hours in Tiger Moths before the war ended and he was demobbed.

    However he re-joined the Air Force in 1948 as a Navigator trainee and completed training as a Navigator-Wireless Operator in Avro Ansons at the Air Navigation School (ANS) at Wigram. He was then posted to No. 14 Squadron at Ohakea to continue operational training in the Airspeed Oxfords. In February 1950 Tony was posted to No. 75 Squadron where he would become a Navigator-Wireless Operator on the de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers. Tony remained with the squadron through till February 1952, when he then underwent an instructor’s course at the Air Navigation School at Wigram. He began instructing at that school in May 1952.

    In July 1952 he joined the Devon Ferry Unit, who went to Britain to ferry one of the new de Havilland Devons to New Zealand for the RNZAF. He and F/O Innes ferried Devon NZ1806 From Hatfield in England to New Zealand. This took up July through to September 1952. More instructing at the ANS followed and then Tony returned to England for his second Devon Ferry, this time he and F/Lt Jeffs ferried NZ1813 to New Zealand. That took in January to April 1953.

    Following a brief return to ANS, Tony then got his original wish to return to training as a pilot. He was posted to the Grading School at RNZAF Station Taieri to fly Tiger Moths, and then the Flying Training School at Wigram on Harvards. On completing his flying training Tony was selected to become a flying instructor so did a Central Flying School instructing course, and then from July 1954 he was instructing at the Flying Training School. In April 1955 Tony was posted back to the Central Flying School, now as an instructor, to train pilots how to instruct others. During his time there he was sent to Australia to undergo a course at the RAAF’s School of Air/Land Warfare.
    In May 1957 Tony was posted to the Fighter Operational Conversion Unit at Ohakea to undergo a course on flying the Vampire fighter jet.

    The following month he joined No. 75 Squadron on the same station, now flying Vampires operationally. He became a part time member of the FOCU staff too, training other pilots in between his regular squadron duties. In January 1958 Tony became one of the first two RNZAF pilots selected to fly the English Electric Canberra bomber. They travelled to England and underwent conversion at No. 231 Bomber Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby. Once he was trained up on the type Tony began the ferry flight of leased Canberra T.4 WD963 from the UK out to Tengah, Singapore, where with No. 75 Squadron RNZAF he was involved in the Malayan Emergency conflict.

    In January 1961 Tony became the new commanding officer at the Central Flying School in Wigram. When it looked like he would eventually end up in a desk job, he decided to leave the RNZAF and moved to Air New Zealand where Tony flew the Lockheed Electras, and the Douglas DC-8's AWMM
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    10 December 2020 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
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    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 12 December 2020 AWMM
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    New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM

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