Query about BOAC Short flying-boats in NZ

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Query about BOAC Short flying-boats in NZ

Postby Kiwithrottlejockey » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:11 pm

On the National Library of New Zealand website, there are several photographs of BOAC Sunderland flying-boats G-AGJL “Hobart” amd G-AGJM “Hythe” moored together at Mechanics Bay, Auckland in February 1946. There are also photographs of Captain G G Stead and Captain Steer at Mechanics Bay posing in front of one of the two Sunderland flying-boats. Presumably they were each respectively in command of one of the 'boats.

Does anybody know the full story about why both flying-boats were visiting New Zealand at the same time? Various books I have got mention G-AGJM “Hythe” visiting New Zealand in 1946 (perhaps on a survey flight?), but I have been unable to find any reference in any of the books I have about both 'boats being in New Zealand at the same time, although there are known photographs of G-AGJL “Hobart” on Wellington Harbour on 28th February 1946 during a meeting of the South Pacific Air Transport Council, having conveyed the British Minister for Civil Aviation, Lord Winston (Reginald Fletcher) to the meeting.

I'm trying to find out more information for a photographic essay regarding Short flying-boats in New Zealand that I am gradually putting together.
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Re: Query about BOAC Short flying-boats in NZ

Postby crgstead » Mon May 11, 2020 8:10 am

I realise it was some years ago but as my father George Stead was the pilot in command of Lord Winster’s flight I thought it worth while following up.

I recently completed the private publication of my father George Stead’s memoirs which covers his forty years flying from 1928 in New Zealand to retiring in 1963 from BOAC. His account includes chapters of his time with Coastal Command in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Gambia, and in 1941 his appointment as Chief Flying Instructor at No. 4 OTU in Invergordon. He also recounts his time after the war flying Sunderlands with BOAC out of Poole Harbour to the Far East including the NZ flight 1946

My father wrote his memoirs after he retired but sadly did not manage to have them published in his lifetime and this publication is very much a personal mission for him. Please visit my website www.cdarts.co.uk for further details and a chance to purchase a copy.
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Re: Query about BOAC Short flying-boats in NZ

Postby Kiwithrottlejockey » Mon May 11, 2020 11:12 am

That looks like a fascinating book, but I don't think your website takes account of the increased costs of getting such a book to New Zealand at the moment.

Perhaps you could email me at: kiwithrottlejockey@xtra.co.nz and we can come to some arrangement for me to purchase the book and for you to send it to me in NZ while covering the full costs.
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