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Royal New Zealand Air Force

nos. 57 and 58 unit

nos. 57 and 58 unit

Nos. 57 and 58 COL Units were the next to be formed. The former was stationed on Rendova Island and commenced operations in November 1943, under the command of Pilot Officer Leatham.3 The latter started operating under the command of Pilot Officer Russell4 early in January 1944, at West Cape on Guadalcanal. The only access to its site was by sea, and it was as isolated from the rest of the Allied forces as No. 53 Unit was on Malaita.

3 Fg Off W. G. Leatham; Lower Hutt; born Auckland, 24 Nov 1903; radio engineer.

4 Fg Off J.Russell; Ashburton; born Papatotara, 8 Jul 1916; clothing buyer.