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Royal New Zealand Air Force

Events In History

1 May 1955

Five Vampire fighter aircraft of No. 14 Squadron carried out the RNZAF’s first combat strike since the Second World War against guerrillas in the Malayan jungle.

2 September 1945

Air Vice-Marshal Leonard Isitt added New Zealand’s signature to the Instrument of Surrender between the Allied powers and Japan.

24 May 1943

In the Battle of the Atlantic, one of the most important campaigns of the Second World War, 24 May 1943 was a crucial date. Thousands of New Zealanders took part in this long and bitter struggle.

2 October 1941

In October 1941, New Zealand Spitfire pilot Carlyle Everiss heroically sacrificed his life to save the Scottish village of Cowie from serious damage.

Articles

Prisoners of War

During the Second World War New Zealanders became prisoners of war in large numbers. Most Kiwi POWs were soldiers captured in Greece, Crete and North Africa. In total, more than 8000 were held in captivity - one in 200 of New Zealand's population at the time. Read the full article

Page 2 - Capture

Most of New Zealand's Second World War POWs were captured in the European theatre in the early stages of the war. Only about 100 New Zealand servicemen fell into Japanese hands,

The Cold War

Although the origins of the so-called Cold War can be traced back to the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, this intense ideological struggle between the Western powers and the Soviet Union really began after the Second World War. Read the full article

Page 3 - Choosing sides

New Zealand backed Britain and the United States against the Soviet Union as the Cold War began in the late 1940s. Like the other Western Allies, New Zealand’s relationship with

Flags of New Zealand

The New Zealand flag hasn't always been our official flag. It was adopted in 1902, replacing the Union Jack. Between 1834 and 1840, the flag of the United Tribes was recognised as our first 'national' flag. Waitangi Day 2010 saw the first official recognition of the national Māori flag. Read the full article

Page 5 - Other official flags

Six flags other than the New Zealand flag are flown for official purposes in New

Royal New Zealand Air Force

In 1937 the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) became an independent service within the New Zealand defence forces. In the subsequent 75 years the RNZAF has built up a proud tradition of service, demonstrating resourcefulness and professionalism in the face of changes and challenges. Read the full article

Page 1 - Royal New Zealand Air Force

In 1937 the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) became an independent service within the New Zealand defence forces. In the subsequent 75 years the RNZAF has built up a proud

Page 2 - Overview: 1913-1945

Overview of the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1913 to

Page 3 - Overview: 1946-2012

Overview of the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1946 to

Page 4 - RNZAF timeline

Timeline showing key events related to the history of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF),

Page 5 - Further information

Books and further reading relating to the Royal New Zealand Air