Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 26, 2010 14:14:43 GMT 12
Thanks Craig, I appreciate that.
The Australian National Archive has a file on Guy Beange but it's not digitised. They also have an RAAF Sergeant Vance Drummond A33624, but it oo is not digitised online. I note another New Zealander named Frederick Agnew Vance Drummond there who was a Sgt pilot and killed in No. 111 Squdron in 1941 too.
No pilots show up when seraching the Aussie National Archives for "Bowles" or "Bowler" and "Zealand". Was 805 Squadron in the RAN or the RN? A search for 095 Squadron brought up a file on Kittyhawk accidents!!
Post by angelsonefive on Mar 31, 2010 9:07:21 GMT 12
There is a file in the NZ Archives relating to an air accident in 1951 to the RN Hawker Sea Fury VW654. The pilot was named as Flt-Lt A.F. Tucker, RNZAF. Where the accident took place, and the fate of the pilot is not given in the brief outline.
If you want to obtain a copy from the Archive the full description is ABFK 7281 W4266 164 25/4/10
I believe it costs $25 for photo-copying and postage and can be charged to a credit card. Alternatively you can arrange to view the file at no charge.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 28, 2010 12:54:42 GMT 12
I interviewed Group Captain John Gard'ner this past week. He flew in WWII and then was posted as an RAF officer to the USA in 1950 and joined a USMC squadron, the number of which he can't recall as his logbooks were nicked (like most interesting pilots!!) but it began with VMF. He was stationed at USMC Cherry Point on Grumman Tigercats for about 11 months and then was posted to USMC El Toro, California where he converted to the Skyknight jet. He was given the task of then converting 55 other pilots to the type and training them up. Then the squadron went to Japan and onto Korea and he flew a three month tour in the Korean War. A remarkable man with an amazing story.
So that adds one more to the list of kiwis who flew in the Korean War.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 25, 2011 0:55:39 GMT 12
Does anyone know if these two NZ-born pilots who flew in Korea during the war are still alive? - Maxwell Scannell: He was from Christchurch, he flew with the RNZAF in WWII and then afterwards joined the RAF. He too flew with No. 77 Squadron on Mustangs and then meteors and shared in the distruction of a MiG-15.
- Roy Lelong: Auckland born RAF ace who served on in the RAF afetr the war and was posted to the USAF. He flew F-86 Sabres in Korea. He was an ace and I think he is dead but cannot find any real confirmation of this.
I am guessing that the Corsairs which flew over HMS Glory off Rabaul in September 1945 during the surrender negotiations were not RN ones from the Glory, but were RNZAF aircraft from Jacquinot Bay. Just a thought. David D