List of World War II aces from New Zealand

Summary

Geoff Fisken, credited with shooting down 11 Japanese aircraft

This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from New Zealand. For other countries see List of World War II aces by country

B

Name Kills Awards Notes
Balfour, Robert Hamish "Jimmy" 4 & 1 shr. DFC [1]
Bary, Ronald Edward 6? DSO, DFC KIA 12 April 1945
Blake, Minden Vaughan "Mindy" 10 DSO, DFC ♣, POW 19 August 1942[2]
Bonham, Gordon Loversidge "Snowy" 5 V-1s KIA 25 September 1944
Bremner, Robert Duff 8.5 DFC inc. 7 V-1s[3]
Browne, Allen Edward 6 DFC [4]
Browne, Stanley Franklin 6 DFC* [5]
Bush, Charles Roy 5 DFC ♣ KIFA 30 November 1948[6]

C

Name Kills Awards Notes
Cammock, Raymond John 20.5 V-1s KIA 6 October 1944
Carbury, Brian John George 15.5 DFC* [7] Carbury, Antoni Głowacki of Poland and Ronald Hamlyn and Archie McKellar, both British pilots,[8] were the only four "aces in a day",[9][10] in the Battle of Britain.
Carlson, Donald C 3 & 2 shr. DFC [11]
Chambers, Hansford Ward 7 DFC [12]
Checketts, John Milne 16.5 (inc. 2 V-1s) DSO, DFC [13]
Clouston, Wilfred Greville 9 & 3 shr. DFC [14]
Collyns, Basil Gordon "Buck" 7 DFC ♣ KIA 20 August 1944[15]
Crawford-Compton, William Vernon 22 DSO*, DFC* [16]
Cullen, James Roy "Jimmy" 16 V-1s [3]

D

Name Kills Awards Notes
Danzey, Raymond Jack "Dan" 11 V-1s [3]
Deere, Alan Christopher "Al" 17 DSO, DFC* [17]
Dini, Antonio Simmons 5 & 2 shr. KIFA 31 May 1940[18]
Doherty, Eric Steele "Francis" 7 DFM, DFC (US) [19]

E

Name Kills Awards Notes
Eagleson, Owen David "Ginger" 22 inc. 20 V-1s, POW

F

Name Kills Awards Notes
Fisken, Geoffrey Bryson 11 DFC [20]
Fitzgerald, Thomas Bernard 6 DFC [21]

G

Colin Gray, New Zealand's top scoring ace of the war with 27.5 victories
Name Kills Awards Notes
Gawith, Alan Antill 5 DFC ♣, POW, Surviving Aircrew
Gibson, John Albert Axel 13 DSO, DFC [22]
Grant, Reginald Joseph Cowan 8 DFM, DFC* KIA 28 February 1944[23]
Gray, Colin Falkland 27.5 DSO, DFC** [24]

H

Name Kills Awards Notes
Hall, Bevan Mason 7.5 V-1s KIA 27 December 1944
Hall, Peter Francis Locker 8 DFC* [25]
Hammond, Derek Harold 8 DSO, DFC*
Hardy, Owen Leslie 6 DFC* [26]
Hart, William Alfred 7 V-1s [27]
Hayter, James Chilton Francis "Spud" 5 DFC* [28]
Hayton, Gilbert McLean "Gillie" 6 Drowned aboard HMT Laconia 20 October 1942
Herrick, Michael James 8 DFC* ♣ MIA 16 June 1944[29]
Hesselyn, Raymond Brown 19 DFC, DFM* POW October 1943[30]
Hodgson, William Henry 5 DFC ♣ KIFA 13 March 1941[31]
Hooper, Garnet J Michael "Gus" 9 inc. 8 V-1s[27]
Houlton, John Arthur 5 & 2 shr. DFC [32]
Hyde, Reginald Jack 5 AFC [33]

I

Name Kills Awards Notes
Ingram, Mervin Robert Bruce 10.33 DFC WIA 11 July 1941[34][35]

J

Name Kills Awards Notes
Jameson, George Edmond "Jamie" 11 DSO, DFC [36]
Jameson, Patrick Geraint 9 DSO, DFC* [37]
Joyce, Ernest Leslie "Nipper" 10 DFM KIA 17 June 1944 [38][39] Ministry of Defence personnel file, Commonwealth War Graves Commission updated records and 122 Squadron Operations Record Book
Julian, Ivon (Evan) 5 DFM [40]

K

Name Kills Awards Notes
Kain, Edgar James "Cobber" 16 DFC KIFA 7 June 1940[41]
Kalka, William Arthur "Wacky" 9 V-1s KIA 25 March 1945[27]
Kilian, John Rutherford Clark 5 CdG [42]
Kleimeyer, Robert Gordon "Dutch" 7.5 V-1s NZ.411985, Australian in the RNZAF[27]
Kuhn, Edmund Eric Geddes 5 [43]

L

Name Kills Awards Notes
Lawless, Frank Brewster "Bruce" 11 inc. 10 V-1s[27]
Lawrence, Keith Ashley 6 DFC ♣ Surviving Aircrew[44]
LeLong, Roy Emile 10 AFC, DFC* [45]
Livingstone, David Franklin 7 DFC [46]
Longley, Harold Watson 5 DFC [47]

M

Evan Mackie in Italy while serving with No. 92 Squadron RAF.
Name Kills Awards Notes
McCarthy, Kevin 6 V-1s [27]
McCaw, James Hugh "Black Mac" 20 V-1s DFC [27]
McGregor, Sir Hector Douglas 6 DSO [48]
MacKenzie, John Noble 9 DFC [49]
MacKenzie, Russell Merriman 5 DSO, DFC [50]
Mackie, Evan Dall "Rosie" 23 DSO, DFC* [51]
Malfroy, Camille Enright 5 DFC, DFC(US) [52]
Marra, T B 5
Mason, Henry Maurice "Morrie" 7 DFC[53] inc. 5.5 V-1s. KIFA 19 July 1948
Miller, William Lister "Dusty" 7 V-1s [27]
Montgomerie, Leighton John 5 DFC KIA 29 August 1944[54]
Murphy, Francis "Spud" 5 DFC [55]

N

Name Kills Awards Notes
Newton, Percival Guy Haig 5 DFC [56]
Nicholls, Charles William Kelvin 5
North, Harold Leslie "Knockers" 5 DFC ♣ KIA 1 May 1942[57]

O

Name Kills Awards Notes
O'Connor, Brian John 11 DFC inc 8.5 V-1s[27]

P

Name Kills Awards Notes
Pannel, Geoffroy Charles Russell 5
Park, Nigel Manfred 10.5 DFM KIA 25 October 1942[58]
Peart, Alan McGregor 7 DFC [59]
Player, John Howard 6 DSO, DFC KIFA 8 August 1947[60]
Porteous, James Kerrow 7 DFC
Powell, Neville Joseph "Pip" 6 inc 5 V-1s

R

Name Kills Awards Notes
Rabone, Paul Wattling 9 DFC ♣ KIA 24 July 1944[61]
Rae, John Donald 12 DFC* POW August 1943[62]

S

Name Kills Awards Notes
Sames, Arthur Norman "Artie" 8 DFC*
Schrader, Warren Edward "Smokey" 11 DFC* [63]
Scott, Desmond James 8 DSO, DFC*, CdG*
Sheddan, Cornelius James 15 DFC inc. 7.5 V-1s[64][27]
Short, Sydney John 6 inc 5 V-1s[65]
Smith, Irving Stanley 8 DFC* [66]
Smith, Keith Alexander 14 inc 12 V-1s[65]
Spurdle, Robert Lawrence 10 DFC* [67]
Stafford, John Harry "Jack" 13 DFC inc 8 V-1s[68]
Stead, Allan Bennetto 5 DFC KIA 6 January 1945
Stenborg, Gray 14 DFC KIA 24 September 1943[69]
Stewart, Kenneth William 5 DFC [70]
Stratton, William Hector 9 DFC* [71]
Sweetman, Harvey Nelson 15 DFC inc 10.5 V-1s[72][27]

T

Name Kills Awards Notes
Tait, Kenneth William 6 DFC ♣ MIA 4 August 1941[73]
Tanner, Eric William "Rick" 6 inc 5 V-1s
Taylor-Cannon, Keith Granville "Hyphen" 7 DFC* MIA 13 April 1945[74]
Tracey, Owen Vincent 6 DFC KIA 8 December 1941[75]
Trott, William Alan Liddell "Bill" 7 DFC inc. 6 V-1s. KIFA 17 February 1955
Trousdale, Richard Mackle (Macklow?) 8 DFC* KIFA 19 May 1947[76]

U

Name Kills Awards Notes
Umbers, Arthur Ernest "Spike" 35 DFC* total: 4 destroyed 2 shared 2 probable 28 V-1s. CO 486 SQN RNZAF 11 December 1944. KIA 14 February 1945[77]

V

Name Kills Squadrons Awards Notes
Verity, Victor Bosanquet Strachan 9 229,615,No. 96 Squadron RAF,73,108,650 DFC Flew a Boulton Paul Defiant in 96 Night Fighter Sqn so 6 of his victories are also credited to his air gunner Sgt. F.W. Wake
In 1945 released from the RAF as a Flight Leader. Died on 2 February 1979.[78][79]

W

Name Kills Awards Notes
Ward, Derek Harland 6 DFC* ♣ KIA 17 June 1942[80]
Watters, Joseph 8
Wells, Edward Preston "Hawkeye" 12 DFC* [81]
West, Jeffery George 6 DFM [82]
Westenra, Derrick Fitzgerald "Jerry" 11 DFC* [83]
White, Geoffrey Gordon 5 KIA 23 May 1943
Whitley, Eric William 11 DSO, DFC [84]
Williams, Gordon Albert 5 DFM [85]
Williams, John Edwin Ashley "Willy" 5 DFC (a New Zealand-born Australian) POW 31 October 1942; later in Stalag Luft 3 and took part in the Great Escape,; KIA 29 March 1944.[86][87] (Also listed in Australian Aces)
Williams, Stanford Seaton "Bill" 11 inc. 8 V-1s. KIA 22 December 1944
Wipiti, Bert Samuel 6 KIA 3 October 1943
Woodman, Brian Wallace 5 DFC [88]
Worthington, John Colin 5 DFC Served with No 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron – died 2010

Y

Name Kills Awards Notes
Yule, Robert Duncan 8 DSO, DFC* ♣ KIFA 11 September 1953[89]

Notes

Abbreviations

  • ♣ – flew in the Battle of Britain
  • "KIA" in Notes means Killed in action (dates are included where possible).
  • "KIFA" in Notes means Killed in Flying Accident.
  • "MIA" in Notes means Missing in action.
  • "WIA" in Notes means Wounded in action leading to death which, in some cases, may have occurred months later.
  • "POW" in Notes means Prisoner of War.

Awards

Award Title Notes
AFC Air Force Cross Awarded for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy".
CDeG Croix de guerre A military decoration of both France and Belgium, also commonly bestowed to foreign military forces allied to France and Belgium.
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Royal Air Force commissioned officers and Warrant Officers for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".
DFC* Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar A bar is added to the ribbon for holders of the DFC who received a second award.
DFC(US) Distinguished Flying Cross – United States The Distinguished Flying Cross is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight".
DFM Distinguished Flying Medal Awarded to military below commissioned rank, for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".
DSO Distinguished Service Order Awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat.
DSO* Distinguished Service Order and Bar A bar is added to the ribbon for holders of the DSO who received a second award.

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