I have always wondered why this PV-1 seems to have its belly so close to the ground, perhaps the tailwheel has collapsed, or it just happened to be sitting in a hollow at the time! Or maybe the mainwheels were in a shallow ditch! Incidentally that is the first time I have ever seen a serial number associated with this particular aircraft, although we know it was with 2 Squadron (12 SU) at the time, at Espiritu Santo. It is pretty obvious that this is a type of aircraft with flush rivets incorporated in its construction. And these four gentlemen are great models for the handsome type of shorts which were in vogue at the time, along with a good variety of head-ware, two with genuine Indian-style "Sola Topees" on left, plus one standard SD cap and one American olive green HBT "fatigue hat". Also various types of footwear. OK, I cannot deny it, I did get very involved in the project at Wigram to catalogue all the uniforms, protective and specialised clothing, etc, and Therese Angelo even convinced me to prepare a reference book on the subject at the end of it all. David D
"This artwork is a prime example of why the RNZAF removed many of the cartoons from the Venturas! Some of No.2 (BR) Squadron's 'Top Brass' at Espiritu Santo, November 1943. L > R are F/Lt Paul Phillips (Navigation Officer), W/C Arthur Greenaway (C.O.), F/Lt. Alex Rowe (Gunnery Leader), and F/Lt. Harry Dean (Signals leader). Note the RAF type tropical uniform, complete with solar topee! The rest of the aircraft's serial is unknown, but is probably NZ4538. (RNZAF)
Another interesting fact about these four men is that they were involved in the last recorded claim for damage against enemy fighters by the RNZAF. According to my Grandfather's log book, that action took place on 28-2-1944 in NZ4518, piloted by S/L Greenaway. His logbook entry reads "war ops bombing strike New Britain, encountered six zeros, damaged one". (Via Dion Rowe)"
How did you find the last digit of the serial, Madmac?
Alas can't take much credit for the SN. The RNZAF photo archive gaves the SN as NZ4538 on the photo information, it also gives the personnel as L-R: Flight Lieutenant P Phillips (Navigation Officer), Wing Commander AB Greenaway (Squadron Commanding Officer), Flight Lieutenant A Rowe (Gunnery Leader), Flight Lieutenant H Dean (Signals Officer)
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 9, 2020 21:10:46 GMT 12
Here is a terrific photo I got from Laurie Hamlet, showing groundcrew members from No. 15 (Fighter) Squadron while they were in Fiji exercising with the US Navy. I have all the names of the men but won't post them here. The aircraft "13" was P-40E-1 serial number NZ3101. The artwork is similar to that which appeared on the New Zealand Shilling coin at the time but may have more of a Tongan flavour?
Further to the above I want to add some more scans. This one is a larger version of the aircraft next to '9' which shows well the contrast in colours/shades between the white of the tails two aircraft, with '9's tail in the right of the photo.
Also I realised that the logbook page might be a bit tiny for people to read so here are larger versions of the key bits. You'll not the top half of the page was ops all flown in Skip's beloved NZ3237 "ESMA LEE", his personal P-40N. But they then went by Dakota at the end of their tour and picked up a batch of different aircraft to ferry home. So these are not the aircraft that we've been discussing earlier that No. 19 Squadron flew on ops with all the neat names.
The comment in Skip's logbook that 19 P-40's set out and ony 13 arrived is rather sad. Especially considering he'd lost two mates and had a major issie himself. It sounds like these aircraft must have been well and trully coosed.
Probably being a pedantic here but I couldn't help notice the serial logged for the Dakota was not used on a Dakota (C-47). NZ3035 belonged to a Warhawk. Perhaps that should read NZ3535 which postwar became ZK-AQS with NAC.