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Royal New Zealand Air Force During the Pacific War

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description

A trio of PV-1 Venturas on arrival in New Zealand after delivery flight from NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii. Note that the two aircraft on the right had New Zealand serial numbers and fin flashes already applied but still retained the U.S. national markings on the fuselage and wings.
(RNZAF Official).

NZ4540, ex U.S. Navy BuNo 34853, after a belly landing.
(RNZAF Official).

Lockheed PV-1 Venturas of one of the six RNZAF Bomber Squadrons which flew the type during the Pacific War.
(Australian War Memorial).

RNZAF mechanics working on the starboard Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 of a PV-1 Ventura.
(Australian War Memorial).

NZ4628 undergoing maintenance at an operational base. Note that last two digits of serial number are repeated in larger white numbers on the outside of the fins.
(Australian War Memonal).

NZ4632 carrying bombs beneath the wings. Later this aircraft was destroyed when it ground looped and caught fire at Jacquimot Bay.
(via John Regan).

Two RNZAF Venturas en route to their target. The aircraft on the foreground, NZ4511, was named "Slippery Sam" and was ex U.S. Navy BuNo 33431.
(RNZAF Official).

RNZAF Ventura returning to Torokina, Bougainville, after a sortie in the spring of 1944.
(via John Regan).

A PBY-5 Catalina, coded XX-C, from No. 6 Squadron being serviced in New Zealand.
(RNZAF Official).

NZ4018, a PBY-5 from No. 6 Squadron, riding at anchor.
(RNZAF Official).

NZ4038, a Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina from No. 5 Squadron, about to leave for a sortie. Note beaching gear being carried away by a ground crewman.
(RNZAF Official).

In flight view of PA-K from No. 5 Squadron.
(Australian War Memorial).

A trio of PB2B-1's from No. 5 Squadron at an operational base. Note underwing antenna for ASV radar.
(RNZAF Official).

NZ4025, PB2B-1 ex U.S. Navy BuNo 73000, from No. 3 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit).
(RNZAF Official)

NZ4007, a Consolidated PBY-5 transferred from the RAF (British serial number JX237), with personnel from No. 6 Squadron.
(RNZAF Official).


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