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Kiwi Aircrew Parade Alongside French & Australians

Media Release: Joint Forces New Zealand

Kiwi Aircrew Parade Alongside French And Australian Forces

An Air Force Orion and 17 crew will join Australian and French military comrades for ANZAC commemorations in New Caledonia during the period April 25-28 2002. Formal ANZAC commemorations will take place at the Noumea War Memorial on 26 April and at the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery on 27 April 02.

The Kiwi airmen will join military personnel and returned service personnel from New Caledonian (French), Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces to remember the fallen.

The Orion crew will attend the commemorations during a routine South Pacific Surveillance flight. The Army’s Deputy Chief of General Staff, Brigadier Rick Ottaway, will join the crew for the flight and commemoration services. Brigadier Ottaway will participate in a number of official engagements during the trip.

After WWII, the bodies of New Zealanders who had died in other islands in the South Pacific were brought to New Caledonia for reburial. The Bourail war cemetery now contains 235 New Zealand graves.

Also situated in the war cemetery, a ‘Memorial to the Missing’ commemorates 280 men of the New Zealand Armed Forces and Merchant Navy who lost their lives during the 1942-44 campaign in the South Pacific theatre of war.

Further information, including digital imagery, will be available by contacting Flight Lieutenant Glenn Gowthorpe prior to April 25 2002. Live radio interviews will also be possible if arranged prior.


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