Courage in the Skies – NZ Airmen at War
In this large paper back book, with a wealth of illustrations, aviation history experts Brian Lockstone and Paul Harrison recount New Zealanders’ path of glory across the skies of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Middle East, India, Burma, Malaysia, the Dutch Indies and the South West Pacific.
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A few extraordinary New Zealand pilots flew with distinction in the First World War but it was during the six years of the Second World War that thousands from this country served with honour, pride and gallantry in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Air Branch of the Royal Navy.
The RNZAF had been a separate service for only two years when war was declared but it soon became a major force. At its peak in 1944, it boasted nearly 44,000 men and women and 26 fighter, bomber, flying boat, dive bomber and transport squadrons, aerodrome construction, radar, marine, and engineering servicing units in New Zealand and the Pacific and a network of operational and training stations, radar, repair, support, rehabilitation and headquarter units at home. Seven New Zealand squadrons flew with the RAF.
‘Courage in the Skies’ is a tribute to the personalities, aircraft and events of those memorable years.