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‘My Name is Henry Fanshaw’ book launch event

My Name is Henry Fanshaw: Book Launch

When: Tuesday, 20 April, 2:00-3:00pm

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand

FREE family event


Air Force mascot Henry B. Fanshaw, one of the most iconic, and well-loved artefacts in our collection, is now the star of his own book! Author Gillian Torckler and illustrator Adele Jackson have brought Henry to life in a beautiful hard-covered children’s book, which tells the story of his old Squadron – No. 75 – during World War Two.

Come and join Gillian, Adele, and of course Henry himself, at the official launch of ‘My Name is Henry Fanshaw: The true story of New Zealand’s bomber squadron’, published by Bateman Books. This free family event will include fun fact-filled talks, a book reading, craft activities, spot prizes, and book signing opportunity. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day, or you can grab a copy now from our online shop.


be in to win with henry's short story competition!

Write a short story (200 words max) about a hero in your life, or a brave person you know of, and why you think they deserve a medal and be in to win an awesome prize pack!

Age categories: 5-7 years | 8-10 years | 11-12 years

Entries close 5pm Sunday 18 April.

Submit entries by email:

Or by post: Short Story Competition, Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Private Bag 4739, CHRISTCHURCH 8140

Henry's book is all about the brave Kiwis who flew in his old Squadron during World War Two. One of those airmen was Jimmy Ward, who won the Victoria Cross for climbing out on the wing of a plane (while it was still flying!), to put out a fire and save his crew.

Henry has met many heroes in his time with the Air Force, and has learned that people can be brave for many different reasons.

He’d love to hear about a hero in your life! Write a short story about a brave person you know, and why you think they deserve a medal, and you could win an awesome prize pack from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand and Bateman Books.

terms and conditions

One winner per age category. Each winner will receive a prize package including one copy of the book, ‘My Name is Henry Fanshaw: The true story of New Zealand’s bomber squadron’, an Air Force teddy bear, one Air Force Museum stainless steel drink bottle and four free passes for the Mosquito Mission simulator at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Entries will be judged jointly by author Gillian Torckler and Air Force Museum Education Officer, Chris Davey. The judges’ decision is final. The winning stories will be published across Air Force Museum communication channels and associated media.



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