Post by chrisnicholls on May 6, 2021 8:13:46 GMT 12
Hi, My father, Doug Nicholls DFC flew Hurricanes with 258 Squadron during WW2, it was originally a NZ squadron and NZ pilots included Flt/Lt D.J.T Sharp, Flt/LtV.B. de la Perelle, F/O H.A. Dobbyn, P/O B.McAlister and P/O Cam White. Dad also had lucky contact with John Vibert in Java. When he died in 2016, Dad left the basis of his autobiography which I have now completed. I am not publishing it but have offered it here in the UK as a free download (I am not interested in making money from the bravery of all concerned) I have been helped in this project by RAF Montrose Heritage centre which is a registered charity. If any of your members would like a free copy contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll email it to you. In a security conscious world, Michael Brewis at RAF Montrose can vouch for my credibility, he also helped put the book together. I may be biased, but I really think it’s a good read! Many thanks Chris Nicholls
Post by Dave Homewood on May 6, 2021 9:12:12 GMT 12
Wow, fantastic! Thanks Chris. I have always been fascinated by this squadron, formed with Hurricanes in 1940, which were adorned with silver ferns on all their aircraft, they thought they'd receive the Spitfires that the NZ public was raising money for, but instead a new squadron was formed, No. 485 (NZ) Squadron for the Spits, and a substantial no. of No. 258 Squadron's pilots were posted to form the new 485. But I believe 258 continued to wear the silver ferns, even when they went to Burma.