Scran Bag

Check out these upcoming events:
Mug Night             Trafalgar Lunch            River Plate Lunch

(28 April 2014)

Without a Parachute  

Midair repair…by a woman 1924

Hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently. Does anyone recall the air-to-air re-fuelling of one biplane to another using a long hose? Those people had to be either fearless or just plain crazy!

This woman has more guts than a sausage factory. Take a look at this film. Fabulous  footage, although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today, but what nerve this gal had. Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe
called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920’s. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her
fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main landing gear wheels.

Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as “Up She Goes,” a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire.

She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning
propeller. It’s certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn’t even try on the ground with the engine running.

She died at age 82.

(4 April 2014)
Consultation on Regulations under the Veterans’ Support Bill
Parliament is currently considering the Veterans’ Support Bill, which would replace the War Pensions Act 1954 with new legislation to support veterans.
I am writing to advise you that Veterans Affairs’ New Zealand (VANZ) is beginning public consultation on regulations under the Bill.
The Bill follows a Law Commission report on the Review of the War Pensions Act 1954.
The Law Commission recommended that two schemes be introduced to better cater for the needs of both elderly veterans and those of modern day and
future deployments. Scheme One will cover veterans serving up to and including Vietnam. Scheme Two will cover service after Vietnam.
The main changes include:
  • new and updated legislation replacing the War Pensions Act 1954
  • the introduction of two coverage schemes, with the creation of ACC on 1 April 1974 being the point of division between the two schemes
  • increasing eligibility for support services such as home help and lawn mowing, which will benefit an estimated 3,000 additional veterans and 1,100 surviving spouses or partners
  • a Veterans’ Advisory Board and Specialist Medical Panel to provide the Minister with independent advice.
The Veterans’ Support Bill was introduced to Parliament on 14 October 2013. More information about the Bill is available on the VANZ website,
Regulations are laws made by the Governor-General, Ministers of the Crown and certain other bodies under powers conferred by an Act of Parliament.
Regulations can deal with issues that are technical or that need to be updated regularly in the future.
The Bill includes a number of regulation-making powers. These can help to implement the Bill and give effect to the Government’s intention to better meet
the needs of both older veterans who require assistance to remain in their own homes and veterans of modern-day deployments.
VANZ is interested in your organisation’s views on the proposals, and the view of your members.
VANZ has developed a public consultation paper seeking feedback on proposals for regulations on veteran’s and their families’ entitlements.
I have attached a copy of the paper. The consultation will run between Wednesday 12 March 2014 and Sunday 13 April 2014.
Submissions should be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 13 April 2014.
If your organisation or your members would like to make a submission, you can email VANZ at
Please enter “Regulations Submission” in the subject line. Alternatively, you can contact us by post at:
Regulations Submission
Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand
PO Box 5146
Wellington 6145
The Minister of Veterans’ Affairs will report back to Cabinet later this year with recommendations and proposed regulations informed by this consultation.
Thank you again for your commitment to veterans and their families.


Did you serve in the Malayan Emergency, Thai/Malay border or Indonesian confrontation in any arm of the New Zealand Defence force between 19 June 1948 and 31 December 1966?  If so, would you be interested in completing a health survey? For more, see this form.
Malaya Veterans Health Survey




Do you have a Pussers Dirk that you would be willing to part with?  I have a worthy home for it to go to…. please contact me for the contact details of the interested 3rd party.


For the ladies:  No idea what to buy your significant other for Christmas this year?  Consider some OTAGO beer!

Otago Beer

Contact Tom Tupe:  0274908418

or by email:


The Otago University is to carry out research into the health of Mururoa veterans.

Otago veterans of that protest voyage to Mururoa in 1973 are requested to register their contact details with Wayne O’Donnell who is collecting this data for the researchers.


Veterans of HMS Belfast reunited on board for the vessel’s 75th birthday

Permanently moored on the River Thames by Tower Bridge and a symbol of London, the light cruiser is now a museum following its sterling service in the 1939-45 conflict.

Full Story


Pearl Harbour – after the tours have gone …


MARS ( the planet )

Something special, which we or our kids or their kids and grand kids will never see again.  Mars is closest to earth in month of August.  This is a ‘truly once in a lifetime event’ that will occur in August.

View the attachment and mark it on your calendars. None of us will live long enough to ever have the chance to view this again. Enjoy !!



Trafalgar Day Lunch is on Friday 18th October.  Seats are limited to 100 so be in quick!  Download the Trafalgar Day Lunch form.  Please return this direct to the contact on the form – this is not an Otago event.


1940s Aircraft Carrier Color Video…VERY Rare

1940s Aircraft Carrier In The Pacific video is 16mm color (not “colorized”) footage that you may not have seen of carrier action in the Pacific.  Not many color shots in the ’40s, extremely expensive then, with a complicated and exacting processing procedure.


Check out John Hunter’s blog post on Otago


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