Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 18, 2005 22:26:57 GMT 12
Yes, I am watching the Concorde crash programme as it happens.
As for No. 30 (TBF) Squadron, I recommend you go to the library and get out the book The Avengers by Wally Ingham. It's the history of the squadron written by a mechanic who was there. Fantastic book, easy read, great history. They flew TBF-1C Avengers from Gisborne, then went up into the Pacific and saw a lot of combat.
Wally still has copies of the book for sale - your unit should buy a couple of copies for cadets to borrow and read.
I have always wondered this, as I was never in the ATC. Do the many ATC squadrons in New Zealand that have the same squadron number as a real existing or past squadron of the RNZAF keep ties or affiliations to the real squadron?
Have been meaning to answer this affirmatively for some time. Recently we completed the Unit History of 14 Sqn ATC and presented the 255 page work to the NZCF Commandant at a function celebrating the Platinum Anniversary of our old Sqn.
14 sqn ATC had close links with 14 Sqn RNZAF for decades on from WWII. This was driven by two key factors, firstly cadet siblings migrating from Gisborne ATC to the RNZAF.
The second factor involves 30 Sqn & SU, who's groundstaff from Gisborne appear to have gone on to serve 14 Fighter Sqn RNZAF. 30 Sqn members returned and staffed 14 Sqn, closing a loop that remained through into the 1960's and probably the 1970's. Indeed at the 70th Anniversary reunion this year we had 30 Sqn groundstaff members attending. So the answer to your 2005 question Dave...is yes.