No. 6 Squadron RNZAF
Warrant Officer


Flight Engineer.
Joined up with the RNZAF 3rd.July 1942. No.6 & No.40 Squadrons.
Commenced his basic training at Rongatai, then Ohakea,
qualifying as an Air Gunner - training on Oxfords and Hudsons.
Airspeed Oxford   Lockheed Hudson
Transferred to No.6 Squadron as a Flight Engineer on PBY Catalinas
South West Pacific war zone.
His first patrol on February 4th. 1944,
(with P/O D.S. Beachamp from Dannevirke as 'skipper'),
involved an air sea rescue of five American airmen
from a downed B25 Mitchell.
Michael completed a total of 715 hours
day and night missions on sub sweeps, convoy escorts,
air sea rescue and hunter-killer patrols
around the south west Pacific on PBYs.
He transferred to No.40 Squadron in September 1945, flying C47s as Flight Engineer.
No.40 Squadron was based at Whenuapai - the C/O was Wing Commander Ron Kirkup,
(we have Ron's early links to Hawkes Bay to come later).
Michael was Engineer on this C47.

F/LT Bruce - pilot in Sept. 1945.

He rotated between 24 different PBYs and 8 C47s as the Flight Engineer
with Nos. 6 & 40 Sqdrns, completing a total of 896 hours and 152 missions
by the time he was discharged in December 1945.
He decided to take up medicine at
war's end, and has been a
GP in Taradale, Hawkes Bay,
for over 40 years.

His last PBY skipper - F?Lt. Brian Stringer - also went into medicine, specialising in vascular
and micro surgery in the USA.

Michael is a member of the New Zealand Catalina Group.
All seated on the cockpit section of PBY 5 NZ-4017......

Don Beauchamp DFC inside * Mike Davies on right.
Others to be identified....
John Porteus * Clem Best * ? Corkhill * Bill Clark * Brian Murphy
Snow Bracy * Jack Broughton * Pete Robertson * Sel Melville
And another....
Mike Davies, seated, on right.
Others to be identified....
John Porteus * Les Organ * Maurie Harding * Jim Ross
Norm Bewley * Jim Stewart * and others