Ohakea RNZAF Association memorial park

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The Royal New Zealand Airforce Association Memorial Park at Base Ohakea. Images show plaques from around the Base.

Included are memorials to:

Flying Officer Graham Thomas Carter (Crater), a Skyhawk pilot who flew with the Kiwi Red acrobatic team and was killed in an accident over Ōhakea on 24 October 1989. Read more (The Press)

Aircraftman Blake Hudson, a 20-year-old Air Security Specialist at Ōhakea who collasped and died following a training session on 14 September 2009. Read more (Air Force)

Squadron Leader Murray Neilson, commander of No. 2 Squadron RNZAF, who was killed when his Skyhawk crashed at Nowra, Australia on 2 February 2001. Read more (A-4 Skyhawk Association)

Flight Lieutenant C. D. 'Stumpy' Hill

Flying Officer Leo Melvin Coley - RNZAF Flying Officer duirng the Second World War. Died 2004.

Flight Sergeant Andrew Bruce Forster, an Armament Technician, who was killed in an explosives accident at Waiouru Training Camp on 19 November 2009. Read more (Air Forces News, pg. 4)

Flight Lieutenant Craig Johathan Wylie Tanner, a member of the Kiwi Red aerobatic team, was killed when his Strikemaster jet crashed near Taupō on 20 November 1991. Read more (Auckland Museum Cenotaph)

Chaplain Squadron Leader Peter Bruce Hornblow ('Padre Pete') - born 6 August 1962 - died 21 August 2000 aged 38 years

Wing Commander Edward Gordon Gedge, first Station Commander RNZAF Ohakea, who died on 17 March 1991, aged 95. Wing Commander Gedge, who won a Military Cross (MC) during the First World War, was a former British Olympian who competed in the modern pentathlon at the 1920 Antwerp Games.

Herbie Stevens and Betty May, Flight Sergeant Herbert Bernard Stevens, an air gunner with No. 70 Squadron RAF, who was killed in air accident in Egypt on 29 June 1942. Betty May Browne, the sister of Herbie Stevens best friend, sent this plaque to Ōhakea as a tribute to his sacrifice. Read more about Herbie Stevens (Auckland Museum Cenotaph) and Betty May Browne (Army News, pg. 7)

Peter James William Strugnell, former RAF pilot and curator of the Ohakea Wing RNZAF Museum (1978-1993).

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Posted: 31 Mar 2015

We can’t find any reference to Wing Commander Edward Gedge being in Germany during the Second World War. He won an MC with the Royal Artillery during the First World War but remained in NZ with the RNZAF, 1939-1945. I think you must be referring to a different Gedge? Regards, Jamie Mackay


Posted: 27 Mar 2015

Hello was Mr. Gedge, wing commander, in World War 2 in Germany Ostpreussen Königsberg? My mother and himself was on topedo- boat to Germany escaping to Altenau Harz, thanks for answer..!!