Post by Dave Homewood on May 3, 2005 21:11:19 GMT 12
I have read that a book was written some decades ago that recorded the history of No. 6 Squadron RNZAF.
Does anyone know anything about the book? I read this in a 1970's AHNZS book in the library, which was listing other NZ aviation books. It stated then that it wasn't known if the history had been published.
No. 6 Squadron would be an interesting read. Original an Army Co-operation Sqn flying Hawker Hind bombers, it disbanded and then reformed on Catalinas as a Flying Boat Squadron. After training in Fiji they advanced up to Halavo Bay, Florida Island, and rescued many downed pilots.
If anyone has any info on the book about the squadron I'd love to hear please.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 5, 2005 11:31:15 GMT 12
Sadly this forum does not allow images to be uploaded internally as it's a free forum and does not have that function. However you can do it by using an image hoster. We all seem to use, and recommend, Photobucket for this. It's easy and reliable.
If you have any questions or cannot work it out, let me know. Looking forward to seeing the crest. Are there other squadron crests in the book? I've never seen crests from some of the wartime squadrons.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 5, 2005 12:37:30 GMT 12
I't be great to see all the squadron crests if it's not too much bother, as I only have poor copies of a few of them.
If it is too much hassle I'd be particularly keen to get the General Reconnaissance and Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron crests - these being No.s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Sqns
I'm not sure No. 10 Sqn was around long enough to gain a crest, the others should have been.
Are there also crests for schools such as: No. 1 (Bomber) Operational Training Unit The School of General Reconnaissance and Navigation The Air Gunners and Air Observer's School
Apart from No. 14 Sqn I've never seen any of the fighter squadron crests either - 15 Sqn to 26 Sqn. They'd all be of interest.
Did you know that all Sqn crest designs had to be approved by King George VI, then made up by the Coat of Arms people at the Tower of London (can't recall their official title) and then the King would sign the back of it to give official approval, and it would then go to the sqn HQ. But No. 490 (NZ) Sqn's crest was lost between London and Africa when the Catalina transporting it crashed into the sea, so they never officially received their crest!
Here is 6 Sqn. I will work on the others. I like this Photobucket....
Yep we have detailed manuals on how to apply for crests etc, and the whole approval process. I had to use it once to get approval from the CAS of the time to use the RNZAF Shelly Bay crest, which had been approved, but never released. We used it get some medellions struck for each of the W/O's SNCOs mess member, when "the bay" closed down.
Yep, "the Bay" is closed down, but it is still Defece land, as Defence can not sell it due to issues with the orginal owners Vs the local Iwi etc. I understand the Police are using the "O"s Mess, and there is some kind of artists retreat using the W/Os & SNCO's Mess. There are no Defence personal or units uning any part of it.