An Australian researcher is asking the public to help her identify Kiwi airmen depicted in over 100 photos found and retrieved from a military rubbish dump. The airmen all belonged to the RNZAF No.6 Flying Boat Squadron, formed in 1942 and charged with hunting Japanese boats in the Pacific during World War II.
Australian archivist Jenny Scott is asking for assistance. Her father, Flight Lieutenant Alastair Scott, originally rescued the photos.
Such candid wartime photos are a historical treasure – especially for the families of the young men featured in them. The photos can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/adelaide_archivist/sets/72157604150119757/ and any help with the identification of the men will be welcomed. Anyone who recognises one or more of the young men in the photos can inform Jenny Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the photographs is interesting for a different reason. A picture of a young man named Edmund Hillary (later to become Sir Edmund Hillary) can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/adelaide_archivist/2185125468/. Sir Edmund served as a navigator in the RNZAF No.6 Flying Boat Squadron in 1944 and 1945.