Service Personnel
Warrant Officer

David Fail RNZAF 412665

David enlisted with the RNZAF in Dunedin 4th.May 1941.
Transferred to Weraroa, Levin.
Began flight training at Taieri on DH82 A's.
No.16 Pilots' course EFTS
Taieri 1941 on DH 82 A's.

Overseas to No.2 FTS Ottawa, Canada, training on Harvards.

Posted to the UK and thence to Egypt,
joining the airforce's 'Lost Legion'.
(another unusual story for later)

Posted back to the UK - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,
training on Miles Masters 1s & 2s.

On to No.58 Spitfire Operational Training Unit (OTU),
Grangemouth, Scotland, training on Spitfires 1s & 2s. 1943.

He then went on to join 486 Squadron,
flying Typhoons 1B's and Hurricane 1's & 2's

Grangemouth, Scotland 1943
Prior to discharge in July 1945, he was with Special Training Command, flying Ansins.
David retired to Taradale, Hawkes Bay, NZ, and became President of the local Airforce Association.
"Mainlanders" of 486 in front of Hawker Typhoon at RAF Tangmere 1943.
Sqdn Ldr Desmond Scott in the middle, with David Fail kneeling in front.
Inside 486 dispersal hut at RAF Tangmere.
David at right-rear.
The squadrons's Maori motto
Hiwa Hau Maka - 'Beware of the Wild Winds'.

Sqdn Ldr Des Scott drawing a raffle.

Sdrn Ldr Des Scott with some 486 pilots
inside the dispersal hut.
B-Flight pilots outside dispersal hut, RAF Tangmere, 1943.
David on extreme left.
NCO pilots with C.O. Sqdrn Ldr D.J.Scott. Tangmere 1943.
486 was first formed as a night fighter squadron on 7th. March 1942, equipped with Hurricanes 1's & 2's.
They then flew mainly as fighter bombers, along with Hawker Typhoons.
Re-equipped in 1944 with Hawker Tempests, they played a special role in destroying Flying Bombs, (V1),
which were targeting the South of England and Greater London.
The New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum have an excellent website,
covering the NZ fighter squadrons, operational through WW2.
Also, four excellent publications:
"Typhoon Pilot" "One More Hour" both by Sqdrn Ldr Des Scott -
Commanding Officer of 486 April '43 - Sept. '43.
"Tempest Pilot" by Sqdrn Ldr C.J.Sheddan -
Commanding Officer of 486 May '45 - Oct.'45.
and "The Wild Winds" by Paul Sortehaug.