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pistol holster & lanyard

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  • Other titles
    • pistol holster & lanyard (descriptive name)
    • Squadron Leader Basil Watkin, 487 Squadron, RAF (associated name)
  • Description
    RAF pistol holster and lanyard, WW2
    Belonged to Squadron leader Basil L Watkin, Royal Air Force
    blue/grey webbing pistol holster with two thin shoulder straps attached, brass clasps
  • Other Number
    U169.3, 1979.118
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pistol holster & lanyard U169.3
pistol holster & lanyard U169.3


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 169.3
  • Notes
    Pistol holster and lanyard, Royal Air Force, WW2
    Part of uniform belonging to Squadron Leader Basil L Watkin, RAF, RNZAF [1937-1958]
    WW2: 487 NZ Squadron, Bomber Command
    In May 1944 the squadron was transferred to Second Tactical Air Force and flew in night and day operations. Their main target was enemy airfields in Europe but they also attacked rail and other military targets including flying bomb sites. At this time Flight Lieutenant Basil Watkin was noted as one of the “experienced pilots… who had been in Coastal Command in the early months of the war and then in Canada and New Zealand. [ref p261-2 New Zealanders with the RAF]
  • Event
    • Post WW2
    • 1939-1945
      World War II
  • Person
  • Date
    1 January 1937 to 31 December 1958
  • Production
    1 January 1939 to 31 December 1945
    World War 2, wars
  • Classification
  • Record created
    12 August 2013

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