Veteran zooms in on war memories

Miles Pointon with photos he took in the 1960s.
Miles Pointon with photos he took in the 1960s.

Mr Pointon joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1950 and was harnessed into the open doors of aircrafts to take photos of intruders and illegal fishing vessels.

He photographed everything from naval officers and army personnel to the roofs of buildings for surveillance work.

Mr Pointon is now a resident of East Fremantle’s Braemar House and took part in the facility’s Anzac service last week, proudly showing his three medals, which include a Member Order of the British Empire.

Braemar Presbyterian Care chief executive Glenn Muskett said Anzac Day was an important and emotional day for many residents.

‘Whether directly or indirectly, many of our residents have been affected by war,’ he said.

‘Paying tribute to those brave troops who gave their lives for us is not only a time-honoured tradition but a reminder of the major toll that war can take on us as both individuals and as a country and not to be taken lightly.’