clive collett

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Full Name:

  • Clive Franklyn Collett


  • 28 Aug 188623 Dec 1917

Perhaps New Zealand's most qualified and experienced First World War pilots, Clive Collett flew a total of about 1200 hours, many of them on experimental work, on at least 46 different types of aircraft.

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The War in the air

  • The War in the air

    More than 800 New Zealanders served as air or ground crew in the war between 1914 and 1918, the vast majority of them in Europe. A handful saw action in Gallipoli and the Middle East.

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  • Page 4 - New Zealand's air war 1914-1918With no military flying corps in New Zealand, hundreds of adventurous young Kiwis joined British and Australian air services during the First World