+(J/10741) Eric Thomas Garrett – 426 Sqn.
Course 44: December 6, 1941 – March 27. 1942
Wing Commander Patriarche addressed the graduates.
“This coming year is going to be an extremely tough one and there will be a tendency all through the Empire of the people to criticize those in authority. It is being done already but I hope that you here, both airmen and visitors, will have no part in it.
“Make sure before you criticize that you always have a suggestion better than what you are criticizing. None of the men in political or military authority is of a lower standard than the rest of us. They have to be better men or they would not have got the job.
“You can take it for granted that those men can make just as good or better suggestions than the rest of us. Bear in mind that they have all the facts, whereas we have but a few.”
+(J/10741) Eric Thomas Garrett – 426 Sqn., (J/10742) Harold Eugene Bridges (DFC), (J/10744) L.J. Smith, (J/10748) Thomas Ernest Hilary Farley, (J/10751) William James Stangel, (J/10752) Alfred Giles, +Daniel Ray Scott, +Robert Byrne Honeycombe, Wallace Oppenheimer, James W. Gillen, Gordon A. Patton, +Albert Dalton Braswell, Lee Wells, Conrad Ross Crawford, John William Hubler, Charles Arthur Plewman Appleton – DFC 433 Sqn., +Frank Joseph Borrell, Lawrence Walton Montague, Joseph Wilford McMullin, George Greenwood, +Vincent Wall, John Claire MacDonald, +Dorian Ledington, William Houston Julian, Norman Alexander Ballantyne, John Land Clinton, Edward Mielko, M.M. Fudge, John Douglas Hooper. R. King, James Pringle Morton, +Victor George DeHavilland, Harold Albert Heacock, C.E. Shannon, William Bruce Brittain (DFC), Alexander Wall Strang, G.D. Watson
Royal New Zealand Air Force: (414667) Albert James ‘Jimmy’ Osborne – 165/185 Sqns.; Arthur David Leese, (414238) Alfred William Burge DFC), George T. Couttie, +(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy, +(414721) Harry Keith Williams, +(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray, +(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich, +(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly, + (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman, +(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn, +(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman, +(414278) Raymond Cyril Going, +(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills – 132 Sqn.; +(41141) Jack McRae Brigham – 243 Sqn.; R.R. Horo, (414330) Vincent Orr; (413924) Roger Wing; Stewart Matthews – 45 Sqn.; Thomas (David) Stewart – 165/185 Sqns., James E. Shields, Thomas Alexander, Wallace M. Sampson, Raymond J. Hetherington, Raymond S. Campbell, James J. McMath – 110 Sqn.; (George?) J.N. Buchanan, (414689) David Gordon Simpson – DFC 603/143 Sqns.; (414645) Jeffrey Maxwell McCarrison – 254 Sqn.; Warren P. Bennett; (414374) William Frank Bern – 64 Sqn.
Sailed from Auckland November 17, 1941 aboard the S.S. Monterey to San Francisco.
Courtesy RCAF Dunnville Museum