Search
History

Born to Fly

The unforgettable story of one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary war heroes. Flying Officer, Porokoru Patapu (John) Pohe, became the first Maori pilot of the NZRAF and leader of air crews in the skies over Europe during the Second World War. He served 22 missions in his first tour of duty when the average life expectancy was just six; flew bombers through the equivalent of hell without receiving a scratch; landed wounded aircraft without wheels; and could navigate by the stars.

His feats earned him the nickname “Lucky Johnny” and the confidence of RAF Bomber Command who assigned him to train allied airmen from around the world. On 22 September 1943, John Pohe flew a fateful mission that led to his German capture and contribution to one of the most famous events of the Second World War, The Great Escape. On 31March 1944, John Pohe’s extraordinary life came to a tragic and dramatic end. He was placed in front of a German firing squad. Pohe removed his blindfold and faced his executioners in the eye.

Details

Format
1 × 60'
Definition
SD
YOP
2008
Share Download The Flyer

More From History

The Story Of... Food
The Story Of... Food
Ottomans Vs Christians: Battle Of Europe
Ottomans Vs Christians: Battle Of Europe
Ottomans Vs Christians: Battle For The Mediterranean
Ottomans Vs Christians: Battle For The Mediterranean
End Of The World: The Maya
End Of The World: The Maya
WW2: Ultimate Blitzkrieg: Battle of Crete
WW2: Ultimate Blitzkrieg: Battle of Crete
Hope and Fear: How Pandemics Changed The World
Hope and Fear: How Pandemics Changed The World

Share this Program

Or copy this link