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Canberra bomber in action, Malaya, 1958

Canberra bomber in action, Malaya, 1958

The first Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft to go into action in Malaya were the Vampire fighters of the 14th Squadron. While the squadron was in Malaya it was re-equipped with Venom bombers. In 1958, the 75th Squadron, flying Canberra bombers (pictured here), replaced the 14th Squadron in Malaya. The RNZAF carried out bombing and strafing attacks against suspected guerrilla targets, along with actions to support ground troops. The 41st Squadron was also deployed in Malaya, flying Bristol freighters to supply Commonwealth forces.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Asian conflicts - Shift of focus to South-East Asia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34534/canberra-bomber-in-action-malaya-1958 (accessed 24 October 2017)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 27 Feb 2016