THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
CURRIE William Alexander Kennett
NZ48695 & M72760, Squadron Leader, Royal New Zealand Air Force

CITATION
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) [military div]
Gazetted Queen's Birthday 1989
Squadron Leader Currie joined the RNZAF in 1948 as and airframe mechanic and soone demonstrated the commitment and skill which were to be
the hallmarks of his engineering career.  His value and dedication to the service were recognised in 1962 with the award of the British Empire Medal
when in the rank of Sergeant.  Following a commissioning course in 1970 he was posted to RNZAF Base Woodbourne where he served in all
positions of responsibility in the technical units of that base, culminating in the command of No 4TTS.  In early 1980, when the concept of the RNZAF
Museum was approved, Squadron Leader Currie was entrusted with the establishment of an aircraft restoration flight at RNZAF Base Wigram.  Later
in 1984, he was formally appointed as Technical Officer, RNZAF Museum.  He unstintingly, and at considerable personal sacrifice, set up a team of
personnel who completed the restoration, replication and refurbishment of vintage aircraft to display standard.  Throughout his long career of forty
years, Squadron Leader Currie has provided an exceptionally high standard of technical and administrative work.  In training and in command, his
leadership has been exemplary, none more so than in the twelve months immediately before the opening of the Museum.  Beside leading and
motivating his team, he gave unselfiishly of his own time in personal work on the task at hand.  His drive, enthusiasm and leadership were
instrumental in the timely preparation of the many quality exhibits for display.  Squadron Leader Currie's dedicated performance in the restoration,
replication and refurbishment of vintage aircraft for display at the RNZAF Museum has been exceptional.

British Empire Medal
Gazetted Queen's Birthday 1962
The citation is not available, but in the period preceeding this award Sergeant Currie served at Whenuapai with 41 Squadron in Singapore, his outstanding technical service being recognised by the award of the BEM

AWARDS [known]
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) [military div]
British Empire Medal
New Zealand Armed Forces Awar and bar
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular

NOTES
Born 30 July 1929, Te Kuiti, New Zealand
Died 16 May 2017, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Funeral held at the Norwood Park Crematorium, Sandford Street, Mitchell,  ACT