Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 22, 2017 10:13:13 GMT 12
I'm not sure if it's a No. 75 Squadron marking on the Meteor but a little known fact is that aircraft was part of No. 75 Squadron's inventory. Their mechanical staff did all the maintenance on it when it was at Ohakea. It's interesting that it has a Group Captain's pennant on the side, I guess that was for the Ohakea Station Commander?
Post by agalbraith on Sept 28, 2017 16:12:53 GMT 12
Yes the side cowls on the Australian built ones were quite different to the British built ones as were the Canadian ones slightly different again. Interestingly 2308 later got British engine and cowls retrofitted. Possibly for fleet maintenance/consistency reasons?
Do you agree this log jigger (towed by a tractor/bulldozer the jigger lifts the front end of a log so it can be dragged from the bush) is based on Mosquito wheels and undercarriage legs? westcoast.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/19453
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2017 20:04:19 GMT 12 by 30sqnatc
Some more wonderful photos from Mac Baigent’s collection, these from his time as a Flight Commander with 75 Squadron RNZAF, based at Ohakea flying Mosquitos.
S/L Baigent and his navigator F/L Thomas "Mac" Morgan had also been one of 15 crews involved in the Mosquito ferry flights out to NZ from England.
Interesting to me was that, as well as Mac Baigent, there are at least two others who had served with 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF, both in the Wellington era - pilot Ron Simich and W/Op/Signals Leader/Navigator Ted Williams:
S/L C.H. “Mac” Baigent DSO, DFC and Bar:
Unknown pilot or navigator:
Photos from the Mac Baigent collection, by kind permission of his daughter Jan.
Minor error in heading for the last run of photographs, I think these Mossies were RNZAF rather than RAF - RAF 75 Sqdn never used this type. Apologies if everybody else had already noticed this! However this is most definitely a most wonderful collection of Mossies on the move! David D
Sadly that is all I have found so far in the way of Mosquito pics, although plenty of other beautiful aeroplane photos. Thanks again to Jan for giving permission to share Mac's treasures on here.
Interestingly, his and Mary's wedding reception featured an impressive florally-decorated Mosquito suspended from the roof of the marquee, right above the wedding cake! It was even mentioned in the newspaper write-up at the time:
Some of the nicest photo's of RNZAF Mosquitoes I have seen yet! Just beautiful and thank you for posting them!
Agreed some great photo's so sharp, a question on why those rocket launches, if that is what they are, are so clear of the wings as in the large gap? Thinking out loud here to keep the rocket blast clear of the wooden wing perhaps?