Precious gift for airman's family
One Christchurch family has received a piece of their family history back, thanks to an aeronautical society.
The Ferrymead Aeronautical Society was working on restoring a De Havilland Mosquito plane when one of its members obtained parts of an aircraft piloted by New Zealand flying officer John Perenara Morgan in WWII.
Morgan originally came from Christchurch and members of his family still live in the city. His plane crashed in 1945 near Swindon in England.
His sister Bernice was presented with his parachute harness release box on Saturday.
''We are elated that we can get these things back,'' said niece Ngaio Tuari. Her aunt had cried upon receiving the box. ''It would have been the last thing that [my uncle] touched.''
Four generations of the family were present when the harness release box was given to Tainui, including Morgan's great grand nephews.