william burn

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Full Name:

  • William Wallace Allison Burn


  • 17 Jun 189130 Jul 1915

William Wallace Allison Burn was the first New Zealander to qualify as a military aviator. During the First World War he served in the Middle East, where he became the first New Zealand pilot to be killed in action.

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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