HMNZS <em>Moa</em>

The recently launched Moa fitting out at the Robb shipyard in Scotland. The Bird-class ships were to have a 2-pounder anti-aircraft gun aft, but shortages saw them depart with nothing better than Lewis machine guns. The lack of decent anti-aircraft batteries plagued New Zealand’s British-designed ships during the Pacific War.

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Posted: 24 Aug 2022

My uncle John Chilton Oliver Moffat served on the Moa during the attack and sinking of I 1 a large Japanese supply sub at Gaudacanal . Unfortunely the Moa was sunk aftre it was bombed at Tulargi fueling depot with the loss of 5 crew members John was one who did not come home. RIP .

Bruce M. Petty

Posted: 08 Jul 2013

I live in New Plymouth, NZ, and have written five books, four of which are on the Pacific War. I am now doing research about the NZ corvettes that served in the Pacific and would like to make contact with veterans and/or relatives of men who served on them. All of my books are listed on amazon, I can be Googled and I have a web site if interested:

Charlie Collyer

Posted: 01 Dec 2011

My father served on this vessel, sadly he is no longer with us. He used to recall the good times they all had. I believe they were granted freedom of the city. I think it was Auckland. I have just watched to video of the wreck, I found it very interesting, Dad would have loved to have seen it. He passed away 6 years ago. He shared his name with me, only his middle name is different, Edward. So his full name was Charles Edward Collyer. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you.