Title: New Zealanders in the Air War

Author: Mitchell, Allan

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1945


Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 192 pages.

Comments: A great account of the air operations of the Royal New Zealand Air Force over Europe during World War 2. Now long out of print and a scarce title.

At the outbreak of World War II the primary equipment of the RNZAF was 30 Vickers Wellington bombers, which the New Zealand government had offered to the United Kingdom, in August 1939, together with the crews to fly them. They became 75 Squadron. Many other New Zealanders were serving in the RAF.

The primary role of the RNZAF was to take advantage of New Zealand’s distance from the conflict by training aircrew, as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, alongside the other major former British colonies, Canada, Australia and South Africa. For this task large numbers of De Havilland Tiger Moth, Airspeed Oxford and North American Harvard were manufactured or assembled locally and second-hand biplanes were acquired—such as Hawker Hinds and Vickers Vincents—as well as other types for specialised training such as Avro Ansons and Supermarine Walrus. Only when German surface raiders became active was it realised that a combat force would be needed in New Zealand in addition to the trainers. 

Approximately 1cm x 1cm top corner back cover missing otherwise in very good condition.