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Tawa Cadet Heads For Bomber Command Commemoration

Cadet Warrant Officer Kendall Brown, one of two Air Training Corps (ATC) Cadets travelling to London this week to attend the dedication and unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial by Her Majesty the Queen.

Tawa College student Kendall Brown, 17, is one of two Air Training Corps (ATC) Cadets travelling to London this week to attend the dedication and unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial by Her Majesty the Queen.

Thirty-three veterans, aged 87 to 94, who served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with Bomber Command are being funded by Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand to attend the event on 28 June 2012.

Kendall is a Warrant Officer in No 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron Air Training Corps, which he joined in March 2008. He assists with the development, training, and teaching of Cadets and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO), as well as acting as the interface between the Cadets and Officers.

Kendall’s attendance as part of the official New Zealand delegation is particularly special as his great-uncle was a radio operator and navigator in Avro Lancasters in Bomber Command.

"I’m looking forward to the unveiling of the memorial, as it will be a chance to reflect on the actions of previous generations of my family and how they fought to ensure our freedom, particularly as I have a relative who was in Bomber Command at the end of the Second World War," Kendall said.

Kendall hopes to one day join the RNZAF and put his general service knowledge and aviation studies, as well as his shooting and flying skills to good use.

"It is my dream to be a pilot in the Air Force and I saw ATC as a way of enhancing my military knowledge and gaining valuable flying and leadership skills, and building my confidence," Kendall said.

Kendall also plays football for Tawa College and is an avid computer gamer.

Approximately 6000 RNZAF personnel served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Bomber Command during the Second World War. The extremely dangerous nature of Bomber Command’s work meant that the casualty rate was very high, with 44 per cent killed, including 1851 New Zealanders.

The official New Zealand delegation will depart RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai, on June 21.

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