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Lieutenant William Burn


Portrait of Lieutenant William Burn, taken from his Royal Aero Club aviator's certificate, February 1914. The first New Zealand Army man to qualify as a military aviator, Burn served in Mesopotamia (Iraq) during the First World War, becoming the first New Zealand airman to be killed in action.


Royal Aero Club Trust, Aviator's Certificate no. 706, detail.

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