Referring to a bit of an old post but I'm not totally sure this is a Kiwi pilot. He's definitely navy of somewhere, whether he was an RNZN pilot I'm not totally certain. I know the RNZAF sent pilots to 9 Squadron and they flew operationally in the war but I didn't think it happened for RNZN aircrew. So I'm a little doubtful but happy to be proven wrong.
@ Zorro I just checked my copy of Target Charlie which is a comprehensive history of Australian aviation in Vietnam and it mentions the 16 RNZAF pilots who flew with 9 Squadron RAAF during the war but no mention of any RNZN personnel. However 9 Sqn did have a small detachment of Royal Australian Navy pilots for about a year and with a little googling I found this pic of their commander, RAN Lieutenant Commander R.A Waddell-Wood, who is the spitting image of the bloke in the picture.
One question please, without disrespect what were the limits for eyeglasses wearing persons ? i dont see them in recent photos of special forces from around the globe (except those protection things) i know about lasik and other modern stuff. For someone with myopia its really bad to not have glasses on when looking at a distance and/or night. I repeat its just a question out of curiosity and nothing else, thanks.
Jim Bolen, 1-0 of RT Auger before a mission (as a door gunner on a Huey gunship...)
I have just posted the first of a series of interviews with SOG legend Jim Bolen. They include a lot of his own photos, and his explanations of what they show, and I'm going to post one interview a month.