My Name Is Henry Fanshaw

Henry Fanshaw is no ordinary teddy bear. In fact, he travelled the world with the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No. 75 Squadron – one of New Zealand’s most famous air force squadrons – which served around the world, in places like Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Before that, they had fought in the Second World War.

Join Henry as he remembers the brave airmen who risked their lives for their country, including the famous Kiwi pilot Jimmy Ward who received the Victoria Cross for climbing out on the wing of a plane in mid-flight to put out a fire.

Today Henry resides at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Written by Gillian Torckler and illustrated by Adele Jackson

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The true story of New Zealand’s bomber squadron.

A Storylines Notable Books 2021 non-fiction award winner, 2021.


Kids Books NZ ~ “We’ve heard a few stories about the bravery of men in the Army but not many Air Force stories. Gillian Torckler and Adele Jackson remedy that with this exciting tale about the No. 75 (NZ) Squadron in the RAF.

“Narrated by the voice of a bear called Henry B. Fanshaw, the story is about the squadron and their daring adventures during WW2, eighty years ago. The squadron were trained in New Zealand then flown to England. Some never returned.

“Every night the pilots flew their planes ‘towards the East and dropped their bombs over unseen enemy targets’. Bear recounts their tales including how one of the pilots won the Victoria Cross. You’ll have to read it to find out what he did to win the highest medal for bravery. This is their story…

“For kids and big kids who enjoy a war story and the extra facts that give background to it. Young readers will study the illustrations long after they’ve finished reading the story (or it has been read to them). Another excellent resource for teachers to use for their Anzac studies.” Read the full review.

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