Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic.......looked like the Stockton Range new Williamtown for the Australian military and civilian shots. The Japan and malaya shots fantastic. Just a tease of what I thought a No.33 Sqn Tempest II in there and behind one of the Lincoln shots I thought I saw a Hornet landing. The Mustang shots fantastic. Better than anything else I have seen. I have a shot in still of those two Mustangs doing that low level beat-up in Japan. camouflage on runway still evident. Wonderful !!!!!
That's some awesome footage alright! The twin engine plane starting up at 2 minutes in had me baffled for a little while until google came to the rescue, Northrop F15a Reporter. Never knew it existed until I viewed the clip!
The Reporter is such a sporty thing, it was neat to see it pop up!
The range of types included is wonderful - a Kiwi Corsair parks next to a Spitfire XIV in front of a line of RAAF Mustangs? So cool!! What an amazing piece of history. Imagine if it was cleaned up/restored...
QANTAS had 4 Lancastrians which, apart from Sydney London also operated on behalf of the RAAF to service the Australian element of BCOF Japan. BTW Lancastrian G-AGLF undertook a proving flight from UK to Auckland on 23 April 1945 covering the 13,380 miles in some 53hrs 13 min
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 5, 2021 20:50:27 GMT 12
Any idea when the other three Lancastrians entered Qantas service? That one in the link Zac posted was in service late 1948-April 1949, which is too late for those Corsairs to be the first echelon of No. 14 (Occupational) Squadron (with Bryan). But were any of the other three in service earlier? Could it be May 1946-March 1947 when Bryan's lot were there?
Do you know the dates that your grandfather was in Japan please? Was he a pilot, or was he groundcrew?
Thanks for the welcome. He was a pilot.
He was in Japan from April 1947 to September 1948 mostly flying Mustangs.
He also flew Lancasters in England with a brief stint on Spitfires just as the war was ending, flew Lincolns in Malaya and whatever was going in Australia.
There's a video on my Youtube channel where he tells his life story through aeroplanes but it's long at about 90mins so would only expect family and diehards to watch. There's chapters in the description if you want to skip to Japan to hear his version of his time there.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 6, 2021 16:30:48 GMT 12
Thanks, well those dates prove that the RNZAF Corsairs were the second lot of RNZAF pilots flying them, as the first group (including my late friend Bryan Cox) left Japan in the first week of April 1947.
well done for keeping this history alive and sharing it!