No. 20 Squadron RNZAF

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No. 20 Squadron
Active1944–1945
CountryNew Zealand New Zealand
Branch Royal New Zealand Air Force
TypeFighter bomber
SizeOne Squadron
Garrison/HQRNZAF Base Ohakea
EngagementsWorld War II

No. 20 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Formed in January 1944 at RNZAF Station Ohakea, it was originally equipped with P-40 Kittyhawks. It later flew F4U-1 Corsair fighter bombers.

History[edit]

20 Squadron was deployed to Kukum Field on Guadalcanal from April-May 1944 and then to Piva Airfield on Bougainville from May-June 1944. The Squadron deployed to Palikulo Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo from August-September 1944 and then returned to Guadalcanal from September-October 1944.[1] The Squadron deployed to Green Island on 26 October 1944 assuming responsibility for local patrols and Dumbo escort.[1]:269 The squadron returned to Santo in January 1945, then deployed to Bougainville until April 1945 and Jacquinot Bay from May–August 1945.[1]

Commanding officers[edit]

  • Squadron Leader S. R. Duncan January–July 1944;
  • Squadron Leader G. M. Robertson July–November 1944;
  • Squadron Leader L. R. Reynolds December 1944–September 1945.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ross, John (1993) [1955]. Royal New Zealand Air Force. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45. Nashville: Battery Press. p. 328. ISBN 0898391873.