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The Nelson Photo News



World War I Fliers Meet Again

"There I was, stooging along at a good 65, when this Fritz sneaked up on me and fired his pistol at me. I wasn't going to stand for that so....." This was not an actual "line-shoot", but could well have been, when New Zealand airmen who flew in the First World War had a reunion in Nelson last month. The Nelson committee did its guests proud. Tours of the countryside were made and there was ample opportunity to get together and swap yarns. Mr Reg Kingsford, an old airman himself, gave us these two photos taken during the war. On the right is the menu cover for the dinner. Most aircraft of the time are shown on it.

(All pics by A. R. Kingsford and Son).


An F.E. 2B night bomber leaving on a raid. Very draughty, says Mr Kingsford


A group of pilots and observers of 100 Squadron. Reg Kingsford is at far right.



Nelsonian airmen. Standing, Harry Walker, Frank Banham, Joe Kershaw, Reg Kingsford. Seated, Ross Hughes, George Bolt (father of NZ aviation), Tommy Leighs, Frank Fulton and Bill Withell (Kaiteriteri).


A cheerful group offer a toast to the photographer