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.