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.
41 Squadron Vietnam War Veterans project
Doug is searching for 41 Squadron’s ‘lost’ Vietnam War Veterans. His overall plan is to develop a comprehensive and independently verifiable database of information that can be used to find the Ground Crew members of 41 Squadron that flew into Vietnam alongside Air Crew, and then assist them to get recognition for their service. He completed Version 1 back in 2015 based only on the Squadron’s Unit History records.
The Version 2 spreadsheets that can be accessed at the link above are an authenticated record all of the flights, crews, locations and landings by 41 Squadron for the ten year period 1 April 1965 – 21 April 1975 when the last Bristol Freighter flew out at the fall of Saigon. They include all of the Unit History data from Version 1 as well as the flight log information from 45 Captain and Pilots logbooks.
The Version 2 workbook above has four spreadsheets made up as follows:
- All Vietnam Flights: The Version 2 database includes all of the Unit History data plus logbook information from 45 Air Crew.
- References: These detail the source and location of every Log Book addition or correction to the Unit History data – there are 264 amendments and each has been recorded independently and verified.
- Airmen Sorted by Rank: I have located 147 names either recorded in the Unit Histories or recorded in Air Crew Flight Logs. I have found 85 Ground Crew, 52 Officers and 10 names with no rank shown. Some of the Airmen recorded here have received medals and Vietnam Veteran status, most have not. NZDF Medals are working with me at the moment to identified those that have already received medals.
- Airmen Sorted by Name A-Z: (same as spreadsheet 3 above but makes it easier to find them).
Doug has been working steadily with NZDF to understand their investigation processes and resources and have shared my Version 2 data base with NZDF Medals. I am hoping to form a small task team made up of interested parties like NZDF Medals, Veterans Affairs, RSA, RNZAF, 41 Sqn Association, Archives NZ, and RNZAF Archives Wigram. The group might form together for 3 - 6 months and actively seek out these 147 Airmen and give them the recognition they are entitled to.
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.