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This is Your Life - Johnny Checketts

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1990

“One of nature’s gentlemen” and “very nice, always correct,” that’s the bottom line for many of the guests honouring World War II fighter ace Johnny Checketts in this 1990 This is Your Life. The Kiwi pilot shot down 14 and a half enemy aircraft (one was shared) but plays down his own heroics. He can’t control the emotion though when he meets a French woman who helped rescue him after being shot down over enemy territory and who he hasn’t seen in 50 years. Checketts is also joined by friends, family and colleagues, including the man who taught him to fly.

I had indeed met one of nature’s gentlemen.
– Air Marshall David Crooks

Key Cast & Crew

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John Lye

Director, Producer

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Dave Hedge


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Nicole Smith


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Roy Trebilco


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Bronwyn Williams


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Geoff Clements


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Thanks to format creator and rights holder Ralph Edwards Productions and Bob Parker; and RNZAF for allowing NZ On Screen to show this title on this website.