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.
|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|
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.
|2 October 1942||Interception patrol over Ayrshire by one Beaufighter.|
|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|