Kiwi airman

A Commanding Officer once described him as having  a “tendency to overconfidence”, and a contemporary said he was “something of a squadron character”.

Charles Victor (Vic) Bargh was born in Carterton in 1920. He entered the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in April 1940, and was released from active service in September 1945. During that period he served in Singapore, Burma, India and the Pacific. He destroyed four bombers and one fighter, probably destroyed another two enemy aircraft, and damaged one more. He became a dairy farmer after World War II, and never flew another plane.

This book is suited to aviation buffs, particularly those fascinated by war planes. Its interest for me lay more in the way the servicemen lived during that time. For example, when Vic’s squadron’s barracks were destroyed in an air raid in Burma, the airmen were billeted with ex-pat locals. Somehow it makes a deathly war seem homely.

‘Ketchil: A New Zealand pilot’s war in Asia and the Pacific’ by Neil Frances (c) 2005 Wairarapa Archive

Published in: on January 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm  Comments (1)  
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