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1276 Entries in Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Graves/Memorials in Europe
(Managed by CWGC)

The British Royal Air Force had many foreign nationals serving with them, the largest contingent of which were from New Zealand. Among the first of them were Alan Deere DSO OBE DFC and Bar, whose sentiments expressed many of the New Zealanders who served so far away from home, not just in the Air Force but cross all branches of service:

"In my generation, in the 30s, as schoolboys, we always thought [Britain] as the home country, always referred to it as the Mother Country. That was the old colonial tie if you like.... I was, I think, one of the very lucky New Zealanders who was in the air force at the time of the last war and the Battle of Britain in particular. I consider myself privileged to have been there, to fight for this country.... I'd a hectic round, so to speak, but it was all worthwhile."

Many New Zealand pilots were to distinguish themselves during the Battle of Britain and indeed throughout the war. The commander of RAF 11 Group, which bore the brunt of Luftwaffe attacks during the Battle of Britain was a brilliant New Zealander, Air Chief Marshall Sir Keith Park GCB KBE MC and Bar DFC, who was later to command the air defence of Malta.

Through agreements between the UK and other governments, personnel fighting for the Allies who were killed in the UK or Europe would be buried locally in graves managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Some families wished the remains of loved ones to be repatriated to their homeland after the war and these will not be found in this database.

Here are the graves, therefore. of Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) personnel who are buried (or honoured) in Europe in graves (or memorials) managed by the CWGC.

Note that personnel from New Zealand killed outside Europe will not be found in this database.

Other RNZAF burials may be commemorated in the Alamein Allied Air Forces Memorial database, Malta Memorial database, and the Runnymede Memorial database, all on this site.

Refer to New Zealand material on this site.

New Zealand also has its own national memorials and grave sites in New Zealand itself.

Source for Data: acknowledgement and thanks to CWGC with enhancements added by Aircrew Remembered editors.

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#Name* (↑)First Names*InitialsService NumberAgeDateofBirthAwardsDateOfDeath* (↑)RankServiceUnitAircraftAllegianceCountry BuriedCemetery (↑)NotesPhotoLinks
1 CoppersmithRaymond PatrickR P391697211942-07-26SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force75 SqdNew ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 117.Son of Charles Edward Coppersmith and of Alice Coppersmith (nee Smith), of Wellington, New Zealand.
2 EvansArthur William SmithA W S402989231942-04-29Flight SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force35 SqdNew ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 117.Son of Edward Evans and of Caroline Evans (nee Smith), of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand.
3 Harrison-smithFrancis CharlesF C403959201941-11-30Flight SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force75 SqdNew ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 63.Son of Charles Caldwell Harrison-Smith and Olive Mary Harrison-Smith, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
4 JenningsGeorge SmithG S411763241942-09-05SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force101 Sqd (RAF)New ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 117.Son of Samuel Robert and Elizabeth A. Jennings, of Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand.
5 ShrimptonThomas WallaceT W41367251942-09-22Flight SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air ForceNew ZealandUnited KingdomPorthcawl Cemetery, Block 4. Row H. Grave 2.Son of Roy Wallace Shrimpton and of Florence Shrimpton (nee Blunden); husband of Ethel Hebron Shrimpton (nee Smith), of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.
6 SmeatonWilfred HubertW H405331281942-05-23SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force75 Sqd (RAF)New ZealandUnited KingdomBuxton Cemetery, Grave 4179.Son of Smith and Lucy Smeaton; husband of Heather Hinemoa Smeaton, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.
7 SmithStronach VivianS V39942241940-12-23SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force58 SqdNew ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 28.Son of Vivian and Muriel Elizabeth Smith, of Taihape, Wellington, New Zealand.
8 SmithPhilip ShawP S413900221942-11-01SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force616 Sqd (RAF)New ZealandUnited KingdomTangmere (St. Andrew) Churchyard, Plot E. Row 3. Grave 48.Son of Walter Stephen and Clara Jessie Smith of Auckland City, New Zealand.
9 SmithVernon RossV R415723201943-04-16SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force65 Sqd (RAF)New ZealandUnited KingdomIllogan (St. Illogan) Churchyard, Row 2. Grave 18.Son of Richard B. Smith and Evelyne Blanche Smith, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.
10 SmithHarry Francis BurtonH F B41641251942-09-24Flying OfficerRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force9 Sqd (RAF)New ZealandUnited KingdomRunnymede Memorial, Panel 114.Son of Alfred Ezra and Helena Smith, of Wellington, New Zealand.
11 SmithAubrey FrancisA F428799241943-08-29SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air ForceNew ZealandUnited KingdomDyce Old Churchyard, Grave 44.Son of Harold and Annie Smith, of Peekakariki, Wellington, New Zealand.
12 SmithJohn AlexanderJ A413496191942-07-11SergeantRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air ForceNew ZealandUnited KingdomBlack Bourton (St. Mary) Churchyard, Row G. Grave 4.Son of Thomas Charles Smith and of Annie Smith (nee Taylor), of Dannevirke, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
13 SmithMaurice VictorM V422327231943-03-31Pilot OfficerRNZAF Royal New Zealand Air ForceNew ZealandUnited KingdomDunfermline (Douglas Bank) Cemetery, Sec. A. Grave 259.Son of Alfred Victor Smith, and of Ellen Jane Smith (nee Kennedy), of Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand.

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