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)
REFLECT AND REMEMBER
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
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.
Second Officer Jane Winstone | Air Transport Auxiliary
Pilot Officer Ernest (Tony) Cox
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.
Pilot Officer Ernest (Tony) Cox | Royal Air Force of New Zealand
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 Sergeant David MacLean | Royal Air Force of New Zealand
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.
Flight Lieutenant William Allison, RNZAF | Royal Air Force of New Zealand
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