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    Default S/L Ian Dousland Waddy,RNZAF-402915, DFC

    Hello again,
    I have been trying to find postings for this NZ fighter pilot. He enlisted in Aug, 1940,so where did he do his NZ training before moving to Europe and did he do his SFTS in Canada. I have that he trained with 61 OTU before being posted to 603 sqn. He was with 486 sqn in 1943 as a F/O claiming 3-Fw190. He then was promoted to S/L to command 164 sqn on Typhoons. He was shot down and taken POW on 25-8-44. He was eventually sent to Stalag Luft 1, to West Compound. Earlier was awarded DFC on 17-3-44.
    If anyone could help it would be a great help, thank you.
    Best wishes,
    Roy

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    I have these dates:

    486 Squadron from 09-03-1942. Commander from 25-09-1943
    55 OTU from 11-01-1944
    4 TEU from 26-01-1944
    3 TEU from 28-03-1944
    164 Squadron from 17-08-1944

    John Engelsted

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    I D Waddy completed his flying training in New Zealand, at No. 2 SFTS, Woodbourne (Blenheim) on 21/3/41 as a Sgt pilot (he was later commissioned in UK). His course number was 6B, in case you were thinking of ordering a copy of his course photograph from RNZAF Museum. He departed NZ for the UK per AWATEA on 29/4/41, via Canada. Award of his flying badge was dated 10/2/41 (the RNZAF was still using the prewar RAF system if pilot training, with the badge "awarded" at the conclusion of the ITS stage, although paradoxically it was not actually presented until the end of the ATS stage). All information from "usually reliable and official sources". According to Errol Martyn's For Your Tomorrow, Vol 3, the group he sailed with to UK arrived at their destination in two sub-groups, on 1st and 29th June, although I do not have to hand any information as to which sub group he was a member of.
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    Thank you David and to Errol for this information, now I can try to fit the jigsaw together.
    Roy

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    Roy
    I just came across this query. If you need any more information, email me as I am a friend of his son, David. Both our fathers were in RNZAF 486 squadron.

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    Thanks Manu,
    I will contact you by e-mail.
    A lot of questions for David.
    Best wishes,
    Roy

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