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Roll of Honour

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

- The 'Ode of Remembrance', Laurence Binyon (1914)




The Roll of Honour is a record of the names of all New Zealanders who have died while in service with the RNZAF or other air forces since 1915.

They represent not only those who have been killed in action, but also those who have died in accidents, sickness or of natural causes while in uniform. There are over 4,600 names on the Roll, which also features the regularly changing personal story of one of the individuals listed. Below you will find the stories of those whose stories we have featured in the past.

As the Roll of Honour serves a memorial function, please feel welcome to lay a poppy.

Second Officer jANE wINSTONE

Portrait of Jane Winstone, New Zealand pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Circa 1943. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Jane Winstone was one of five New Zealanders among the 90 women who served in the ATA during World War Two, and one of 16 ATA women killed during the conflict.

Pilot Officer Ernest (Tony) Cox

Portrait of Ernest Cox Image credit: Air Force of New Zealand

Tony Cox was 22 when he died. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery, his name etched alongside the names of over 70 New Zealand airmen who lost their lives while serving in the region and have no known grave.

Flight Sergeant David 'Derek' MacLean

Flight Sergeant David Derek MacLean

Derek was serving at Luqa, Malta, with 126 Squadron when, on 11 October 1942, he was tasked with intercepting an incoming raid of over 50 aircraft. He took off in his Spitfire with eight others, but was shot down into the sea about 35 miles north of Comino Island. Derek is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

Flight Lieutenant William Allison

Flight Lieutenant William Allison

On 24 July 1943, William was the captain of a Hudson flying a patrol between New Georgia and Bougainville when they were attacked by eight Japanese fighters. The survivors, including William, abandoned the aircraft, but they were then machine-gunned in the water by the enemy fighters, leaving only one survivor. William is commemorated, alongside his four fellow crewmen and one Army passenger, on the Bourail Memorial in New Caledonia.


Memorial Alcove

This stunning stained glass window and monument stands as a tribute to the thousands of New Zealanders who gave their lives in defence of their country in air operations around the world.

Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.


The Atrium, with its light, open space and high ceiling is the perfect place to orientate yourself when you first enter the Museum.

Open daily from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

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