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Stanley Gilbert Quill

Wing Commander S G Quill, DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), RNZAF (Royal New Zealand Air Force). Whites Aviation Ltd. Image kindly provided by the Alexander Turnbull Library Ref: WA-08375-F. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Wing Commander S G Quill, DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), RNZAF (Royal New Zealand Air Force). Whi …


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  • Forenames
    Stanley Gilbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Quill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    S. G. Quill AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 70030 AWMM
    • NZ1059 AWMM
    • 1059 AWMM
    • Vietnam U70030 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 12 October 1919 AWMM PoriruaWellington AWMM
    • 12 October 1919 Jayforce 14 Squadron (R21077357)
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      "To such good purpose has this officer led his Squadron in operations against the enemy in the Solomons, that his unit has destroyed 23 Japanese aircraft, probably destroyed several more, and damaged others, with the loss of only three pilots in combat. Squadron Leader Quill, immediately after destroying a Zero, was wounded in a fierce action near Munda on his first tour of operations last July [1943], and although weak through loss of blood, he reached an allied base and made a brilliant landing, wheels-up. He has since led his Squadron through two further tours. With the withdrawal of enemy aircraft to more northerly bases in recent months, he has both assisted in organising, and has personally led dive-bombing raids by Warhawks against Rabaul and its surroundings, and has been a highly successful pioneer in the use of fighter-bomber aircraft for fire-raising raids on enemy installations. In all these operations he has displayed courage and determination. Squadron Leader Quill led his unit on 76 missions, covering almost the entire Solomons campaign, and by his personal example, quiet enthusiasm and active interest in all the personnel under his command, built up a Squadron that earned a particularly high reputation in the estimation of both New Zealand and Allied Commands." Hanson, p. 403-4 AWMM
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) (Military) AWMM
      "Following his Operational Service with th 14 Squadron, Wing Commander Quill served as an OC Fighter Wing, Bougainville, OC Jacquinot Bay, Operations Officer Air Group HQ, British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan, Member of the Planning Executive RNZAF HQ, OC Research and Development Flight at Whenuapai, established and became OC RNZAF Officers School of Instruction, the OC Flying Wing, Wigram. His distinguished service in these posts was recognised by the award of the OBE." Hanson, p. 404 AWMM
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) (Military) AWMM
      "In 1954 Group Captain Quill attended a Joint Service Staff College course in England followed by an exchange posting with the RAF. He returned to NZ in 1957 becoming Director of Operations RNZAF HQ, In Nove,ber 1962 he was appointed Secretary Chiefs of Staff Committee before attending a course at the Imperial Defence College in 1964. He then became Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) HQ, 224 Group at Seletar, Singapore, and ofr siz months in the 1967 SASO Far East Air Force HQ. In October 1967 he returned to NZ becoming Air Member for Supply. His dedicated and distinguished service in these senior posts was recognised by the award of CBE" Hanson, p. 404. AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    Pilot/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    5 April 1938 AWMM
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  • Buried in Akatarawa Cemetery, Upper Hutt." Dearest husband of Pamela, Beloved father of Michael, Susie, and Penny"

    Quill also recieved a United States Commendation; “The Commander Aircraft, Northern Solomons, takes pleasure in commending WING COMMANDER STANLEY GILBERT QUILL, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE for services as set forth in the following CITATION: For skilful and effective performance of duty while serving as Assistant Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Aircraft Northern Solomons from November 1944 to 11 March 1945. Wing Commander Quill in this position used his broad knowledge and tactical experience to help in the origin and supervision of aerial strikes against the enemy in the Northern Solomons Area. His knowledge of air operations and his invaluable advice and suggestions were largely responsible for the excellent co-ordination and efficient operations of units under this command. The neutralisation of enemy air activity, the large destruction of enemy personnel and material and the excellent co-ordination with the Australian Army ground operations was a reflection on the precise planning and effective tactics originated by the Operations Section of the Commander Aircraft Northern Solomons. Wing Commander Quill at all times performed his duties with a degree of skill, energy, and enthusiasm in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.” [Sgd] R J Mitchell, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commander Aircraft, Northern Solomons." Hanson, p. 404. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 September 1984 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
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    Akatarawa Cemetery Akatarawa Road Akatarawa Upper Hutt City New Zealand AWMM Row 8, Plot 40 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 403-4 AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Jayforce Nominal Roll, Manning: No 14 Squadron (1943-1947), Archives New Zealand. AIR1 17211 (R21077357). AWMM
    • Forms 38' Medical report files - 14 Squadron Japan. Archives New Zealand, AIR1W3869 (R18631080). AWMM

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