NZ Fighter Wing scoreboard, 1943

NZ Fighter Wing scoreboard, 1943

The New Zealand Fighter Wing scoreboard at New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, November 1943. Facing the camera, from left to right: Air Commodore Sidney Wallingford, Wing Commander T.O. Freeman, NZ Governor-General Sir Cyril Newall, Major-General Harold Barrowclough.

RNZAF pilots were credited with destroying 103 Japanese aircraft during the Solomons campaign, 1942–1945. Of these, 99 were shot down by the New Zealand Fighter Wing (Nos 14–18 squadrons) – the most by Allied fighters in the theatre – and four by New Zealand Hudson and Ventura bombers.

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