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    Default A/S/Ldr Richmond DFC appointment to RNZAF

    Looking for details on former Squadron Leader Ian Gordon Richmond DFC 39898 former flight commander of No.218 Squadron. Details via former squadron member suggestd he joined the RNZAF in 1945. Would like to establish if this is correct and his subsequent career / movement in the RNZAF.

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve
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    Steve, From the LG:
    Air Ministry, 18th September, 1945.
    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Commission relinquished.
    The undermtd. (on appt. to R.N.Z.A.F.):
    Flt. Lt. (temp. Sqn. Ldr.) I. G. RICHMOND, D.F.C. (39898). 1st July 1945.
    Regards, Terry

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    Steve,

    From Colin Hanson's 'By Such Deeds - Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1923-1999':

    RICHMOND, Squadron Leader Ian Gordon, DFC, mid.
    NZ2469; Born Nelson, 23 Sep 1915; NZ Army/TF (Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Regt) 28 Jul 1933 to 1 Jun 1936; RAF 10 May 1937 to 30 Jun 1945, 39898; RNZAF 1 Jul 1945 to 19 Feb 1946; PoW 30 Jun 1942 to c.May 1945; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (24 Jul 1941): [218 Sqn RAF (Battle/Blenheim/Wellington)] This officer has served with his squadron since 1938 and for the past year has commanded a flight with conspicuous keenness and leadership. On the night of the 7th May, 1941, he dived through heavy and accurate flak to obtain a direct hit on the GNEISENAU at Brest. He has, at all times, provided an example of efficiency, courage and devotion to duty.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (11 Jun 1942): For distinguished service. Served as OC 1501 BAT Flight RAF (Oxford) mid-1941-May 1942.
    Joined 15 Sqn RAF (Stirling) on 30 May, but shot down during a raid on Bremen on 29/30 Jun 1942 and became a PoW. Died Nelson, 8 Jun 1982.

    Further to the above, Richmond learned to fly with the Marlborough Aero Club in 1936, being awarded his 'A' Licence on 24 Jul 36. He later made his own way to England and was successful in applying for a short service commission, commencing his training at 3E&RFTS on 10 May 37. He was commissioned on 5 Jul 37 and posted to the RAF Depot, then 7FTS on 17 Jul 37, then 218 Sqn on 19 Feb 38. He was repatriated to NZ on 23 Sep 45 (sailing date?) and does not appear to have served with any RNZAF unit prior to his leaving that service.

    Interestingly, he was also for a time in 1940 attached to the PDU at Heston and then posted to 212 Sqn in France for a few weeks.

    At least one of his log books is held by the RNZAF Museum, also a few other papers.

    Errol

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    Terry & Errol,

    Thank you both for your help on this matter, frustratingly I have a copy of 'By Such Deeds - Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1923-1999': but did not think to refer to it. Too much of the home brew.!!

    I will contact the RNZAF Museum re Log Book.

    See you and your boys ion November 29th . !!

    Steve
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