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An eight page typescript copy of a letter written by Harold Newton to Fred Meus on 15 October 1947. A full digital transcription on the letter is available.
The letter was written after Newton conducted a 22 day solo trip in a Ercoupe (a tiny low-wing monoplane from a Belgian company), named ‘Petit Pegase’, from Belgium to New Zealand in 1947. It was the smallest aircraft to ever travel that distance (the trip only completed once before, by Jean Batten), the sixth trip (and smallest engine) to cross the Tasman Sea and the first aircraft to land on Lord Howe Island. Fred Meus, a friend of Newton’s, was a Belgian who Newton had purchased his plane from.
In the letter Newton describes the flight from Belgium to New Zealand. The journey started from Antwerp, and Newton flew in easy stages by way of Marseilles, Corsica, Malta, Tobruk, Lydda, Shiabah, Sharjah, Karachi, Gwalior, Calcutta, Akyab, Rangoon, Penang, Singapore, Pelambang, Batavia (Jakarta), Bali, Koepang, Darwin, Catherine, Daly Waters, Camooweal, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Coff's Harbour and Lord Howe Island, finally finishing the trip in Auckland.
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Henry Turner speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Corporal with the Queen Alexander's Mounted Rifles and Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 7 April 2012
Duration: 37 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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