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Anzac Day Over the Decades

Since Anzac Day was marked for the first time in 1916, Kiwis and Australians around the world have gathered to reflect on New Zealand and Australia's national day of remembrance. The day holds special significance, because it is an opportunity to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us.

The Museum archives unit documents how the Royal New Zealand Air Force has always been present on Anzac Day, at wreath-layings, parades and gatherings from small-town New Zealand to our larger cities and abroad.

These images show that then, just as now, airmen have formed an integral part of our nation’s Anzac Day commemorations.

Lest we forget.

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No. 14 Squadron personnel parading along Queen Street, Auckland, before leaving for Japan for Occupation duties. 7 March 1946. Image ref ArdG1176-46, RNZAF Official.

Occupying Japan: the RNZAF and J-Force 1946-1948

Watercolour – ‘Air Force Day 1981’ by Wing Commander Maurice Conly. Artwork depicts the two United States Force F-15 aircraft on the tarmac at the Open Day: F-15c 780500 (left) and F15c 780508 (right) both from the 67th Fighter Squadron, 5th Air Force USAF. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Air Force Day ’81

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