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Occupying Japan: The RNZAF and J Force 1946-48


Caldwell Gallery, Level 1


Occupying Japan: The RNZAF and J Force 1946-48
Air to air view of a No. 14 Squadron Corsair flying past Mount Fuji. Japan.


On 7 March 1946, No. 14 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) marched through the streets of Auckland to board the British aircraft carrier HMS Glory. Bound for the homeland of their recent enemy, Japan, it was an overseas odyssey which would last for two years.

This new photo exhibition commemorates 75 years since the deployment of J Force, the New Zealand contribution to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, after World War Two.

Through images from our archives, follow the journey of No. 14 Squadron RNZAF through two years of occupation duties. The photographs, both official and personal, document the experiences of the Squadron, from the voyage to Japan aboard a British aircraft carrier, to patrolling former enemy territory and witnessing first-hand the scale of destruction at the city of Hiroshima.

On display in the Caldwell Gallery, Level 1.

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