No. 18 Squadron RNZAF

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No. 18 Squadron
Active 1943–1945
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Branch Royal New Zealand Air Force
Type Fighter bomber
Engagements Pacific theatre, World War II

No. 18 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Formed in June 1943 at RNZAF Base Woodbourne equipped with Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks in 1943–44 and F4U-1 Corsair fighter bombers in 1944–45.

History[edit]

18 Squadron was based in New Zealand from June–September 1943 when it deployed to Palikulo Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo. The Squadron moved to Ondonga Airfield on New Georgia in October 1943 and returned to Santo in January 1944. The squadron deployed to Piva Airfield on Bougainville from January–March 1944 and then moved to Kukum Field on Guadalcanal from May–June 1944, returning to Bouganville from June–July 1944. The Squadron returned to Santo from August–September 1944, moved to Guadalcanal from September–November.[1] 18 Squadron deployed from Guadalcanal to Green Island on 22 November 1944 assuming responsibility for local patrols and Dumbo escort from No. 20 Squadron RNZAF.[2] The Squadron returned to Guadalcanal from January–February 1945, deployed to Bougainville from February–April 1945 and from June–October 1945.[3]

Commanding officers[3][edit]

  • Squadron Leader J. A. Oldfield June 1943 – March 1944
  • Squadron Leader R. H. Balfour May–July 1944
  • Squadron Leader P. R. McNab August–November 1944
  • Squadron Leader G. H. Corbet November 1944 – April 1945
  • Squadron Leader W. A. Hardman May–September 1945

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, John (1955). Royal New Zealand Air Force. Historical Publications Branch. p. 327. ISBN 0898391873. 
  2. ^ Ross, p.270
  3. ^ a b Ross, p.327
  • Owen, R.E. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand 1955