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Royal New Zealand Air Force During the Pacific War

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description
Consolidated PBY-5 from No. 6 Squadron—NZ4007, XX-F, ex British serial JX237— coming in at Lauthala Bay, Suva, in 1943.
(RNZAF Official).
Curtiss P-40E, l\JZ3038, from No. 1 5 Squadron, on 3 training flight over New Zealand in 1942.
(RNZAF Official)
P-40M Kittyhawk at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, in December 1943.
"Gloria Lyons", NZ 3220, a P-40N from No. 17 Squadron.
(RNZAF Official).
Corsairs were used by more RNZAF squadrons in the Pacific than any other type of aircraft and that Service received 424 F4U-1A's, F4U-1D's and FG-1D's.
(RNZAF Official).
RNZAF Corsair being serviced. Note access panels for loading ammunitions for the six 0.50-irt. machine guns.
(RNZAF Official).
IMZ5507, one of the last F4U-1A's delivered to the RNZAF, undergoing undercarriage retractation test.
(RNZAF Official).
A RNZAF Corsair in typical U.S. Navy "counter-shadowing" camouflage.
(RNZAF Official).
FG-1D undergoing maintenance on an operational airfield in the Solomons.
(RNZAF Official).
A formation of RNZAF Corsairs in flight in the Solomons. Note absence of squadron codes or unit markings which was typical of RNZAF combat aircraft in the Pacific.
(RNZAF Official)
NZ5339 from No. 22 Squadron flying over Mount Bagana, Bougainville, in 1944.
(via John Regan).
NZ5005 one of eighteen ex U.S. Marine Corps' Douglas SBD-3's operated by No. 25 Squadron, during a training flight near Seagrove during the summer of 1943.
(RNZAF Official).
A Douglas SBD-4, NZ5024, after a training accident in New Zealand.
(RNZAF Official).
Grumman TBF-1, NZ2506, from No. 30 Squadron at RNZAF Station Gisborne in the fall of 1943.
(RNZAF Official).
NZ3507, a Lockheed C-60A-5-LO ex 42-55945, in flight over New Zealand.
(via John Regan).
Lockheed PV-1, NZ4503 (ex U.S. Navy BuNo 33309), which was brought on charge by the RNZAF on 7 June 1943.
(RNZAF Official).

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