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New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vol. II)

No. 488 Squadron

No. 488 Squadron

Squadron Motto: Ka ngarue ratau (We shake them).

Date and Place of Formation: 25 June 1942 – Church Fenton, Yorkshire.

Commanding Officers:

Wg Cdr R. M. Trousdale June 1942 to March 1943
Wg Cdr J. Nesbitt-Dufort March 1943 to July 1943
Wg Cdr A. R. Burton-Giles July 1943 to September 1943
Wg Cdr P. H. Hamley September 1943 to January 1944
Wg Cdr R. C. Halne January 1944 to October 1944
Wg Cdr R. G. Watts October 1944 to April 1945


Church Fenton, Yorkshire June 1942 to August 1942
Ayr, Ayrshire August 1942 to August 1943
Drem, East Lothian August 1943 to September 1943
Bradwell Bay, Essex September 1943 to May 1944
Zeals, Wiltshire May 1944 to August 1944
Colerne, Wiltshire August 1944 to November 1944
Hunsdon, Hertfordshire November 1944
Amiens-Glisy, France November 1944 to April 1945
Gilze Rijen, Holland April 1945
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No. 488 was originally equipped with Beaufighters and operated as a night intruder squadron over France and the Low Countries. Re-equipped with Mosquito night fighters in August 1943 and posted south as defensive night fighters. After D Day operated almost entirely over the Continent as night fighters, achieving outstanding success.

First Operation:

2 October 1942 Interception patrol over Ayrshire by one Beaufighter.

Last Operation:

25–26 April 1945 Seven sorties flown over Germany.

Disbanded: 26 April 1945

Effort and Achievements:

No. 488 Squadron flew 2899 sorties, totalling 6689 hours, during which 67 enemy machines were destroyed, 4 probably destroyed, and 10 damaged. Whilst employed on ranger patrols in 1943, crews also destroyed or damaged some 40 locomotives.

Decorations won by New Zealand members of the squadron were:

Distinguished Service Order 1 Distinguished Flying Cross 4
Bar to DFC 1 Air Force Cross 1