28th of May 1943
No. 30 Squadron was formed at RNZAF Station Gisborne, on the East Coast of New Zealand. The personnel were made up from the aircrews of No. 7 (GR) Squadron (of RNZAF Station Waipapakauri, Northland) and No. 8 (GR) Squadron (of RNZAF Gisborne), both of which had been disbanded officially the same day following the retirement from service of their Vickers Vildebeest and Vincent aircraft. No. 30 Squadron was under the temporary command of Flight Lieutenant Fred Adams, who had previously been temporary Commanding OfficerNo. 8 (GR) Squadron.
Squadron Leader Richard Hartshorn arrived at Gisborne to assume command of No. 30 Squadron, taking over from Flt/Lt Fred Adams
4th of August 1943
Sgt Pilot William McGechie was seriously injured when the Harvard trainer NZ997 that he was flying struck trees on the airfield boundary during a night flight. The aircraft was destroyed.
All the ex-No. 8 (GR) Squadron ground staff, who'd been in limbo on Gisborne aerodrome since the disbandment of that squadron, were officially made members of No. 30 Squadron RNZAF.
No. 30 Squadron's personnel underwent ‘jungle training' in the rugged bush area of the Motu River , near Gisborne.
23rd of November 1943
All of the ground crew from No. 30 Squadron were transferred to the command of a new unit, No. 30 Servicing Unit. The SU remained attached to the squadron so this move had little effect other than administrative.
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