Born 1917 , educated at Christchurch Technical School; joined the RNZAF as an airman in 1936; received "special distinguished pass" with commission as a Flying Officer. Served in WW2 in the Pacific with No. 14 Squadron; then as Administrator Air Department Wellington and Command of Flying Training School Wigram. Following appointment to the Trans Antarctic Expedition attended No. 6 Squadron Hobsonville for training on Auster float plane. Visited the Weddell Sea as member of New Zealand Advance Party in the 55/56 season, and during TAE provided support for Ross Sea Party depot-laying. In 1959-60 he was OC Administration Ohakea; 1960-63 Air Attache at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington; 1963 Director of Operations RNZAF; Honorary ADC to governor General 1964-65; 1964- 65 OC Administration at Wigram; 1967-70 Assistant Airport Manager at Christchurch International Airport, and 1970-72 Airport Management Adviser for the Asian Development Bank in Nepal". ( Ref. Source; Conservation Plan Hillary's Hut, Scott Base; Antarctic Heritage Trust.)
He retained a lifelong interest in all matters Antarctic and was a stalwart support of the Antarctic Society and recipient of the Polar medal.
Wing Commander John Claydon passed away 16 December 2014, aged 97 years.EventsTrans Antarctic Expedition
Sir Edmund Hillary drives a tractor and stores away from the side of HMNZS Endeavour while IGY Scientific Leader Trevor Hatherton rides the sled
Otter crew: Peter Weston, John Lewis, Edmund Hillary (not British Otter crew), and Gordon Haslop on arrival at Scott Base
Edmund Hillary and Rear Admiral Dufek at Scott Base in 1957 before the departure on the trip south by tractor