Post by Dave Homewood on May 13, 2009 16:33:09 GMT 12
Here are a selection of photos that were recently given to me, from the collection of the late Bruce McArthur. Some were RNZAF shots so should be credited to the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
This is a poor shot of the No. 40 Squadron C-47 with the stalk nose art
A Curtiss C-46 Commando
Some RAAF Beauforts
Looks like a church service
Loks like supply chutes and packages being loaded into an RAAF C-47
Well worn RNZAF C-47
Action shots - RAAF York "ENDEAVOUR" carrying the Australian Governor General to Bougainville
and RNZAF Dakota
No. 41 Squadron RNZAF VIP Lodestar
Another Beaufort - A9-84 by the looks
I've no idea where this landing took place but it's an RNZAF photo so maybe these are kiwis?
Post by Dave Homewood on May 13, 2009 21:20:14 GMT 12
Hi Alan, yes that VIP Lodestar was in bare metal, and had the NZ flag and lightning bolt on both sides I believe. I have a closer photo of the nose art from another private collection which I'll post when I get my A into G
Definitely would make a wicked model build, especially with the RNZAF Roundel/bars and lightning bolts/flags (have to hunt for a lodestar I think).
The black tear shaped pod is a DF Loop Aerial (DF= Direction Finding) good for navigation, works by telling the radio operator which bearing, radio signals received, were transmitted, thereby allowing the radio operator/navigator to obtain a fix (usually via triangulation) on their current position (that's my understanding on it)
The serial allocations for the lodestars simply came about because of the timing of their delivery amongst the orders of C47s there was a break in the delivery of the C47s from the first batch 3501-3506 and the later deliveries. 2. the beach landing is most likely Torokina on Bouganville as the ground crews were amongst the first parties to be landed after a beachhead was secured and an airfield was being carved out within the perimeter. 3. the lodestar is most likely NZ3510 which was the CAS VIP aircraft.
Thanks for the info on the serial allocations Paul. I still find it strange though they weren't allocated their own serial block, especially being a completely different type.
As far as I know the only other time two aircraft types shared the same serial block was in the case of the Beaver receiving serial NZ6001, a serial previously allocated to our sole Meteor. When the mistake was realised, it was changed to NZ6010.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 24, 2009 21:04:11 GMT 12
No, in fact the first Wellingtons had identical serials to the early Vildebeests, and the Walrus's also had identical serials to the first batch of Baffins.
I guess the NZ35 block was designated as transport serials rather than a specific type. They were all being purchased for No. 40 (Transport) Squadron at the ime so no doubt kept it all in-house for that unit (though the Lodestars later transferred to the new No. 41 Squadron).
Post by Dave Homewood on May 25, 2009 16:50:14 GMT 12
I'm not sure if it is anything more than a bit of nose art design to make the unusual scheme of this aircraft look a bit more flashy. Not sure. Maybe it was official and part of the VIP scheme, like the NZ flag? Does anyone know?
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 7, 2009 17:47:37 GMT 12
To be honest I don't know a great deal about No. 21 Squadron's history, something I hope to put right soon, but I just looked up their postings in the Pacific and apparently they were posted to:
First Tour (which Neville wasn't on) Guadalcanal - June to July 1944 Bougainville - July to September 1944
Second Tour Guadalcanal - November to December 1944 Bougainville - December 1944 to February 1945
Third Tour Green Island - April to May 1945 Jacquinot Bay - May to July 1945
So these photos may well have been taken on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Green Island or Jaquinot Bay, as Neville was on the second and third tours for the squadron. So, sorry if I may have put you crook. I don't yet have the full details and if I get more on the individual photos I'll post it.