(1945-1975) New Zealanders who served in the Fleet Air Arm in Korea 1950-1953

The Museum has been able to identify two men who served with the Fleet Air Arm during the Korean War: Lieutenant [A] Roy Hooker and Lieutenant [A] Cedric MacPherson.

 

The Museum has been able to identify two men who served with the Fleet Air Arm during the Korean War.

Lieutenant [A] Roy Hooker

He had joined the Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War as a Scheme F Volunteer. Trained on fighters and flew Hellcats with 800 Squadron. In 1950 he was one of twenty New Zealanders who were approached by the Royal Navy to accept Short Service Commissions in the navy and to re-join the FAA. He was sent to Britain where he was trained to operate Dragonfly helicopters. After operating in Malta he was posted to the carrier HMS Ocean air group. He had a tour of duty off Korea in 1953 as one of Ocean’s two plane-guard helicopter pilots.

Lieutenant [A] Cedric MacPherson

He had joined the RNZAF during the Second World War and passed out in March 1944 and departed for Britain and the RAF in July 1944. IN 1945 as the RAF reduced its strength as the war in Europe ended he transferred to the Fleet Air Arm and trained on carrier fighters before he returned to New Zealand after the war ended.He was also offered a Short Service Commission in the RN if he returned to flying duties with the FAA in Korea. In October 1951 he was flown to Britain for refresher training. In September 1952 he was posted to 801 Squadron operating Sea Furies off HMS Glory. He was killed in action on 11 February 1953 and his body was not recovered. He is remembered on the United Nations Memorial to the Missing at Busan in South Korea.