British Airborne Forces (N.Z.) Inc.
Registered Charity no. CC46678

Patron: His Excellency Lieutenant-General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.

Members' Photographs

You are invited to submit photos of yourself or of other BAFNZ members, showing some aspects of your airborne training or service, or of your other interests in life.

To start the ball rolling, here are some pictures of Secretary, Roy Tilley during his days in the 65th Signal Regt (TA) in the early 1960s. Thanks to Terry Cutmore for these.

Practising our waiting-around skills
at Hankley Common.
The flight trainer at No1 PTS,
RAF Abingdon.

Our President, Frank Clark.
Sometimes he catches trout!

Northern Region Secretary Ken Catt about to jump from a Beverley.
Ken does a starboard exit from an Argosy
Ken also got an award for winning the 800m
at the 16 A/B Div athletics championship.

Peter Archbold has sent these four photos of his Airborne Service in the 1940s and '50s.

Waiting for the fog to lift for the first balloon jump Abingdon 1951. Peter is on the front row at the right.
The tower at No. 1 PTS, Abingdon
Train Escorts. Haifa 1947
Detachment from 6 Battery, 66 Airborne Anti-tank Regt with Craforce, near Safad, Palestine January 1948. Peter is on the extreme left.

Wellington member Barry Gray was on the exercise described in the cutting below, from a 1966 issue of the Daily Telegraph. He comments that he was told Peter Fry was killed in an accident some years ago. CSM Ron Humphreys died July 2009, and Jack Mountcastle is living in Wales. Nothing has been heard of Johnny Willis.

Pedro de Treend has sent us this collage of photos of his military service before, during and after WWII. Clockwise from upper left: Age 17. 1937 Spain: Back from Japan 1948: French Foreign Legion, Legionnaire P de Treend: The same: With 11th A/B Sendai: North Africa, Sherman tank: Cromwell 75mm, Holland 1944. 'Me and my gal!'


  Jason Hazard served in 3 Para in the late 50s and early 60s
  before coming to NZ. He sent us these photos showing the
 finish of the 1961 Devizes-Westminster canoe race into 
which 3 Para entered 5 teams, 124 miles along the Thames
to Westminster Bridge.

Out of a total of 117 craft in this section, 65 finished
the course. The Battalion placings were 15, 17, 18, 22 & 26
with times ranging between 27 and 33 hours.

The picture on the left shows the  finish line at Westminster
  Bridge with Bob Fenn at the rear and Jason Hazard in front.

The photos below were taken during his service in Greece
(Volos) and Cyprus with 2 Para.

Finally we remember the first airborne soldier of all and whose likeness became our emblem.

A mosaic floor at Lullingstone Villa, a ruined Roman home near the village of Eynsford in Kent was discovered in 1939. The mosaic shows the Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse, Pegasus, and slaying the Chimera, a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. The characters in the four surrounding panels are meant to represent the four seasons. Sadly the panel representing Autumn is lost.
Picture: Arcaid Images / Alamy.


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