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Under Article XV of the Empire Air Training Scheme, participating Commonwealth Nations raised squadrons for service within the RAF during WWII. These squadrons were intended to be crewed by nationals from the participating nations and equipped by the RAF, but in practice, they tended to be staffed by crews from across the Commonwealth.

The RNZAF Article XV squadrons were:

  • 485 (NZ) Sqn (Fighter, Fighter-bomber)
  • 486 (NZ) Sqn (Fighter-bomber, fighter)
  • 487 (NZ) Sqn (Fighter-bomber)
  • 488 (NZ) Sqn (Fighter/night Fighter)
  • 489 (NZ) Sqn (Coastal Command: torpedo, anti-shipping)
  • 490 (NZ) Sqn (Coastal Command: flying boat)

Also 75 Sqn (NZ) Sqn (although not an Article XV squadron) was made up of RNZAF aircrews and operated as a heavy bomber unit under RAF operational command.

 
     
 

Aircraft Operated (RNZAF)

 
     
 

(It is possible that a type could have NZ allocations and RAF Serials on the same page)

 
     
 
Aircraft History Page Image Gallery Operaters Aircraft History Page Image Gallery Operaters
Avro 683 Lancaster Highlight for Album: Avro Lancaster 75(NZ) Sqn, RNZAF Avro 694 Lincoln Highlight for Album: Avro Lincoln 75(NZ) Sqn, RNZAF
Brewster Buffalo Highlight for Album: Brewster Buffalo 488 Sqn, RNZAF. Bristol 149 Blenheim Highlight for Album: Bristol Blenheim 488 Sqn & 489 Sqn, RNZAF.
Bristol 152 Beaufort   489 Sqn, RNZAF. Bristol 156 Beaufighter

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Bristol Beaufighter 488 Sqn & 489 Sqn, RNZAF.
Consolidated Catalina

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Consolidated Catalina 490 Sqn, RNZAF. De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito Highlight for Album: DH.98 Mosquito 487 Sqn, 488 Sqn & 489 Sqn, RNZAF.
Handley Page HP.52  Hampden

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Handley Page Hampden 489 Sqn, RNZAF. Hawker Hurricane Hawker Hurricane BM899
488 Squadron RNZAF
Photo via Mike Yeo 486 Sqn & 488 Sqn, RNZAF.
Hawker Typhoon

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Hawker Typhoon 485 Sqn & 486 Sqn, RNZAF. Hawker Tempest

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Hawker Tempest 486 Sqn, RNZAF.
Lockheed Ventura

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Lockheed Ventura 487 Sqn, RNZAF. Short S.25 Sunderland

(Aircraft Page to be added)

Highlight for Album: Short Sunderland 490 Sqn, RNZAF.
Short S.29 Stirling Highlight for Album: Short Stirling 75(NZ) Sqn, RNZAF Supermarine Spitfire Highlight for Album: Supermarine Spitfire 485 Sqn, RNZAF.
Vickers Wellington Highlight for Album: Vickers Wellington 75(NZ) Sqn, RNZAF      
 
     

Page Authors: Darren Crick, Brendan Cowan, Martin Edwards & Tony McDonald

Page Updated 28 September 2018

     
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