The following lists of names of wartime RNZAF Personnel have been compiled by historian Dave Homewood. The list of No. 30 Squadron and Servicing Unit personnel are based on a list supplied by Mr Wally Ingham but it has been expanded upon with additional names, corrections, service numbers and more details of dates of death.
The list of No. 31 Squadron aircrew was supplied by former Avenger pilot Leyton Stephenson of Blenheim, and details have been expanded upon where possible. Any further names of aircrew and ground staff who worked on this squadorn would be appreciated please.
The list of No. 8 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron personnel has been compiled by Dave Homewood during his research into the RNZAF's General Reconniassance Squadrons for a book project. This is the most concise listing of personnel for that squadron ever compiled as wartime listings do not seem to exist now. Thanks to Wally Ingham for his assistance. This list only covers the squadron in its 1942-43 era whilst flying Vickers Vincents, Vildebeests and Airspeed Oxfords from RNZAF Station Gisborne. This unit relates to No. 30 Squadron in that it was disbanded and reformed as No. 30 Squadron, although as can be seen from the names in both lists, a fair proportion of the No. 8 (GR) Squadron members did not stay on with No. 30 Squadron at the time the unit changed.
It should be noted that this list does not cover the later 1944-1945 period when No. 8 Squadron reformed as No. 8 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron flying Lockheed Venturas, based in Pacific stations in Fiji, Funafuti, etc. If you wish to know more about the personnel in that re-incarnation of the squadron please contact Dave Homewood.
The names of the Aerodrome Defence Squadron members and the Ground Training Squadron members come from the No. 8 (GR) Squadron Operations Record Book. The units worked alongside the squadron and so are included.
It needs to be noted that the ranks in the left-hand column are the last known rank on the squadron. Not all of these ranks are known so many remain blank.
Also contributing to this list has been RNZAF Armourer researcher Les Olsen who's contributions have been most appreciated; and snippets have been gathered from RNZAF historian Errol martyn and his excellent "For Your Tomorrow" books, and from Colin Hanson's book 'By Such Deeds'; plus several sons and daughters of personnel over the years who have offered more details. If you can help with more details of any of the men and women blow, please Contact Dave Homewood