New Zealand Bomber Command Association



Remembering the Quiet Stories: 487 Squadron

All who flew were remarkable young men, volunteers tasked with challenging missions requiring enormous bravery. The record of their service is so important. Sally Crook shares the story not only of her grandfather Greg Whitwell, but of many of the brave men he served alongside on 487 (NZ) Squadron.

Operation Trainer 149 Commemoration

Simon Young was guest of honour at the unveiling of a French Resistance memorial in 2023. The memorial which recognises an SOE mission, Operation Trainer 149, flown by his grandfather, Pilot Officer Russ Young of 75 (NZ) Squadron.

Māori aircrew in 75 (NZ) Squadron

The exploits of the 28th Māori Battalion (NZ Army) are legendary, but little has been written about those Māori who served in the Air Force. Chris Newey’s research on the airmen of 75 (NZ) Squadron has uncovered several Māori who flew in the squadron during WWII.

James Allen Ward VC

Three New Zealand airmen were awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) in WWII, the highest and most prestigious award for valour "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces. James (Jimmy) Ward was the first so decorated.

Demanding Continuous Improvement

Success in the air war was built on the bravery of aircrews and rapid technological advancement. It also required constant improvement in operations. While the bomber groups, squadrons and crews shared a common enemy their performance was constantly evaluated, from the accuracy of bombing to the availability of aircraft for sorties to further pressure the enemy.

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