Squadron Leader A. N. Jones (C.O. No. 16 Squadron) (Not listed) - but I did find another Jones who was a CO of 16 Sqn... SQNLDR Mervyn Charles Pryce Jones (Mid). Co of 16 Sqn from Jun-Sep 44. Found other mentions of A. N. Jones in other books, but no first names sorry, funny that a CO did not get a gong of some sort....
Squadron Leader J. S. Nelson (C.O. No. 16 Squadron) (Jack Sandford)
Squadron Leader J. A. Oldfield (C.O. No. 18 Squadron) (John Anderson)
Source "By Such Deeds"
Also one other thing I found re 16 Sqn while I was looking that you may or may not know of (I did not), was that they were stationed at Tophouse "operational" Base from Feb to Mar 1943 Ex Fairhall. Source "The Delta" by Robert E Montgomery.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 15, 2006 12:56:42 GMT 12
Thank you very much Sean, much appreciated.
I am amazed to hear an operational squadron served at Tophouse, I assumed that was like a farm strip or little more. I guess it had to be tented accomodation, etc. What a remote place to be posted to. I wonder if any of the 16 Sqn pilots of that era are still around. It'd be an interesting tale to hear about, both Fairhall and Tophouse days.
I've never managed to see a copy of Robert's book. I'll bet it's an interesting one. He kindly submitted the history of Lake Grassmere to me for the website.
It is interesting that A.N. Jones didn't recieve a gong. I also though it odd he was relaced just as they went to the Pacific area. I wonder what went on there. It's a pity that the official histories that did all the army battalions didn't stretch to all the RNZAF squadrons individually.