Just interested to know if your father flew Corsair NZ5262 ? Thanks
Nope, sorry; he flew NZ5260 on 12.2.45 and 1.3.45, NZ5261 on 7.4.45 and NZ5263 on the 27 and 28.3.45.... all from Nissan Ocean Strip.
I note, too, that he flew NZ5631 from Bougainville - Cactus - Santos - Tontouta - Norfolk - Whenuapai - Rukuhia starting from 24.9.45 and finishing up on 1.10.45 for a total of 21 hours 10 minutes, with a 35 hour test flight in Santos thrown in....
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 1, 2012 0:45:27 GMT 12
That "... Havoc? Boston?" looks like it might be a B-26 Marauder?
The 'royal' in the Avro York was the Duke of Gloucester, who was the Governor General of Australia. He also visted a few other RNZAF bases on this trip including Norfolk Island, the York being the largest aircraft into Norfolk at that time.
Hello Guys, first post for me .. Ive been lurking and reading some of the threads on the site for a while now. Im a collector of uniforms and equipment and RNZAF is one of the areas that I 'TRY' to concentrate on.... I have a question for someone in the know and what better place to ask it but in the corsair pile !! ;D I have been offered a corsair grip and its something I think id like to have in my collection but I need to make sure that it is from a corsair.. does anyone out there know what the part number would be ? I see on the Warbirds site there is one with a part number VS-34430 with mark “CH” now is this a unique number do you think ? or is it the generic part number ? the grip I have been offered looks just the same to me but doesnt have the same serial. thanks in advance for your help.
Tim, Corsair part numbers all begin with VS (for Vought Sikorsky) - I identified the front cowl section of a Corsair at Wigram several years ago - it was painted blue and white (which seemed particularly unlikely to me, seemed rather too large to be from a Sunderland (which it was labelled as!) and I had access to a illustrated parts catalogue for the F4U Corsair which solved the problem. Incidentally such smaller simple parts as hand grips, etc, for aircraft do not have individual serial numbers, just generic part numbers. Only the more important parts (crankshaft) and complete assemblies and sub-assemblies such as fuselage, mainplanes, tail surfaces, engines accessories have individual (manufacturer's) serial numbers. A re-designed grip should have a different (later) part number. It would be highly unlikely, I woulld think, for an aircrfaft part to have a unique serial number but NO part (catalogue) number. David D
Tim, If in doubt, contact the RNZAF Museum, as I think that as well as an IPB (Illustrated Parts Book) for the Corsair (although for an early production model) I am fairly certain they also have a handgrip or two. David D
That's a new one to me Luther, and a nice one it is too! Presume over Bougainville, and the white (?) painted prop dome may be a clue to its "ownership", as well as the "Ghost" emblem. Would appear to be one of the overall dark (sea) blue F4U-1D's. David D
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 18, 2012 9:50:09 GMT 12
I think all the Navy ones are marked as RNZAF. No worries, add them up here as many of the RN FAA Corsair pilots were kiwis - one in every four aircrew in the British Pacific Fleet were new Zealanders for example.