Doug (Scotty) Wingfield served as an Aircraft Engine Fitter with 41 Squadron RNZAF at RAF Changi in Singapore, March 1967–December 1968. He flew in and out of Vietnam as a supernumerary crewmember on Bristol 170 Freighter aircraft.
Doug is searching for 41 Squadron’s ‘lost’ Vietnam War Veterans. He has researched the Squadron’s official Unit Histories covering a 10 year period, April 1965 up to the fall of Saigon when the last Bristol flew out in April 1975. He has assembled all of the Vietnam flight information into one spreadsheet so that it can be easily searched by air crew, ground crew and other interested parties e.g. RNZAF, NZDF Medals. The entries are month by month and record every flight, every air crew member, every landing and the sequence of landings by 41 Squadron’s Bristol’s over that period. He has called this compilation from the ‘official’ Unit Histories, Version 1 (see above).
This research was undertaken in 2015. Figures have been sourced from the 41 Squadron Unit Histories at Archives New Zealand in Wellington. This research is a work in progress and is now being extended to include any additional landings and crews that are recorded in Air Crew Flight Logs but are not recorded in the Squadron’s Unit Histories. The aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive and authenticated list of all recorded flights, crews, locations and landings by 41 Squadron during the Vietnam War.
If you were on 41 Squadron during the Vietnam War and completed an Air Crew Flight Log would you please take the time to check the locations that you landed at in Vietnam against the locations shown in the spreadsheet document above. Please direct any additions, corrections or comments to Scotty Wingfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on (03) 3373 644 or 021 542 682 or write to PO Box 33134 Barrington Christchurch 8244 NZ.