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    Weston James Barber, 2Lt RFC, became a member of the RAF on 1 Apr 18. Does anyone have any info on him; particularly looking for the unit he was serving with at the time? I have his LG entries. Regards, Terry

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    Terry,
    Looks like he learned to fly in New Zealand in March 1917. He's also mentioned as being in the NZ Army. Your best bet might be to PM Errol (if he doesn't see this and reply).
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    Can you purchase his service record on the UK NA website? It should be only 2.50 I think.
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    Terry,

    Barber was born at Te Horo, Wellington on 20 Feb 1896.

    Previously a farmer at Foxton, he took his Royal Aero Club aviator's certificate (No. 5358) at the New Zealand Flying School at Kohimarama on 31 August 1917 and embarked on the 'Corinthic' for UK 13 October.

    A copy of his AIR76 file is available online at The National Archives for 3.50. See here at:
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=8632477&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    His operational service appears to have been fairly brief, flying DH4s with 57 Sqn from c.28 June 1918 to 31 August 1918.

    He returned to New Zealand in mid-1919.

    Barber died at Braeside Hospital, Matamata on 13 December 1977. He was a retired farmer living at Hamilton prior to this.

    Errol

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    Gents,

    Thanks for your info. I attempted to respond last night but the gremlins were alive and well. Errol, I'm having his NZDF file digitised so should appear on Archway in about a week. Regards, Terry

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    Thanks for the Archway advice, Terry.

    Errol

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    Chaps, can you advise how Archway works, is it like the Austarlian system, will thsi file be publically viewable and does this extend to WW2 files?
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    Dennis,

    Archway is part of Archives New Zealand and can be found here at:

    http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/

    WWI service records, where digitised, can be viewed for free. Those not yet digitised can be individually requested to be digitised, also for free (names can be searched on the site to bring up the relevant file reference).

    WWII records are still held by Personnel Archives, New Zealand Defence Force and are not available online.

    Errol

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