Story: Second World War

Arrival of airmen and naval reservists in Britain

Arrival of airmen and naval reservists in Britain

New Zealand High Commissioner W. J. Jordan, second from left, greets airmen from the Royal New Zealand Air Force who have arrived in Britain to serve with the Royal Air Force. They were armourers and wireless operators who worked on ground duty. Also on the ship, sitting behind the airmen, are some New Zealand naval reservists, 7,000 of whom served in various branches of Britain's Royal Navy.

Photograph courtesy of Imperial War Museums. (CH1226. Imperial War Museum's images may not be copied without the permission of the Imperial War Museums)

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - A more intense effort, 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016