How precious these words must have been for Leonard and Dorothy Drummond, written in May 1953 in a letter from the Secretary of the Department of Air. They confirmed a telegram sent earlier that month advising them of the “probability” that their son, Pilot Officer Vance Drummond, was a prisoner of war. Vance had been missing in action since early December 1951.
Vance Drummond was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in February 1927. He served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) for nearly 18 months before being demobilised in September 1945. Although Drummond enlisted in the New Zealand Military Forces, he wanted to fly. After being rejected by the RNZAF, his application to enlist in the Royal Australian Air Force was accepted and he was able to train as a pilot.