Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 9, 2011 1:14:43 GMT 12
Super idea Marcus, well done.
That first shot is definately Leonard Isitt but that's not Wing Commander Webb with him, it is in fact Squadron Leader Allan "Skip" Watson, who was then the CO of the Rocket Firing School at Ardmore. Skip was the 2i/c when it formed under Sqn Ldr Don Winstone, but once they got it all established and Skip was proficient in the methods, Don got his ticket out of the Air Force so Skip took over the school. His role was training pilots from squadrons returning from the islands in rocket firing to prepare them for conversion to the weapon as they converted to the Mustangs. But the war had ended just after the school was set up so they only ran a few courses and then it was disbanded and he went to Wigram to fly with the E&W School.
That firing range shot is great. I think Skip said they fired the rockets off of Kaipara, but I don't know if this is there. The RNZAF also had a live firing range in the sea just off of Seagrove so maybe this is there. Skip's logbook doesn't note where the range was, he just wrote 'Rocket Firing' each time.
Great to see this thread about Corsairs. I thought I would post this photo of my father. I was taken somewhere in Bourganville. I am not to sure of his SU. I have to get his service records from the RNZAF. Been meaning to do it for years.
This photo apeared in the Weekly News (I think). My brother has the original which I will try and get back off him to confirm this. The next photo I'm sure is dad also and may have been taken at the same time. This photo also appears in the book "Courage in the skies". Both photos are of course are RNZAF Official photos.
Post by errolmartyn on Jul 10, 2011 22:52:48 GMT 12
"NZ5651 Iwakuni Japan 21 JAN 1948. f/o C C Nairn."
Just a minor correction: the pilot was actually Fg Off R. C. C. Nairn (Ronald Charles Cecil Nairn, to give him his full name).
Was executing a steep low turn as No.4 when he was caught in the slipstream of No.3.
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Great pictures, so many sad Rukuhia ones, it brings back memories of the days when Don Noble and I went down regularly to strip out NZ 3009. We should have done a corsair at the same time. I will now have to have a scratch in my old Corsair bin and see whats there.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 18, 2011 11:55:15 GMT 12
Here is a great shot that Kerry Foster has sent through, which he has scanned from the album of a No. 2 (BR) Squadron member. It shows Corsairs NZ5321, NZ5323, NZ5325 and NZ5326 lined up plus a fifth aircraft unidentified. Not that on the cowl of NZ5325 is the name "Judy". Thanks Kerry.