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No.485 Sqn RNZAF - Squadron Profile.

No.485 Sqn RNZAF

Founded : 1st March 1941
Country : New Zealand
Fate : Disbanded 26th August 1945
Known Aircraft Codes : OU

Ka whawhai tonu - We will fight on

No.485 Sqn RNZAF

No.485 Sqn RNZAF Artwork Collection
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The Battle for the Skies Over Dieppe, 19th August 1942 by Graeme Lothian.

Guardians of the Beaches by Ivan Berryman.

Aces for : No.485 Sqn RNZAF
A list of all Aces from our database who are known to have flown with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking the pilots name.
John Donald Rae13.00The signature of John Donald Rae features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Aircraft for : No.485 Sqn RNZAF
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by No.485 Sqn RNZAF. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Tempest aircraft.

Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1943
Retired : 1949
Number Built : 1395


The Hawker Tempest was a much improved development of the Typhoon and first flew in June 1943. and started service with the RAF in April 1944. mainly serving in the attack role in Europe against ground targets including the V1 Flying Bomb installations. It remained in service after the war until 1949 when it was eventually replaced by the Jet Aircraft. but continued for another 4 years in the Indian and Pakistan air forces. In total no less than 1395 Hawker Tempests were built. Speed: 426mph at 18,500 feet, Crew One. Range 800 miles. Armament: Four 20mm Hispano cannons mounted in the wings and a bomb payload of upto 2,000 lbs.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Typhoon aircraft.

Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1941
Number Built : 3330


Single engine fighter with a maximum speed of 412 mph at 19,000 feet and a ceiling of 35,200 feet. range 510 miles. The Typhoon was armed with twelve browning .303inch machine guns in the wings (MK1A) Four 20mm Hispano cannon in wings (MK!B) Two 1000ilb bombs or eight 3-inch rockets under wings. The first proto type flew in February 1940, but due to production problems the first production model flew in May 1941. with The Royal Air Force receiving their first aircraft in September 1941. Due to accidents due to engine problems (Sabre engine) The Hawker Typhoon started front line service in December 1941.The Hawker Typhoon started life in the role of interceptor around the cost of England but soon found its real role as a ground attack aircraft. especially with its 20mm cannon and rockets. This role was proved during the Normandy landings and the period after. The total number of Hawker typhoons built was 3,330.
Signatures for : No.485 Sqn RNZAF
A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.

Flight Lieutenant Jack Rae DFC*
Click the name above to see prints signed by or with the mounted signature of Flight Lieutenant Jack Rae DFC*

19 / 12 / 2007Died : 19 / 12 / 2007
19 / 12 / 2007Ace : 13.00 Victories
Flight Lieutenant Jack Rae DFC*

New Zealander Jack Rae joined the RNZAF in September 1940, was posted to England and joined 485 Squadron RNZAF. He claimed 2 victories before being posted to 603 Squadron. With this unit he flew his Spitfire off USS Wasp to Malta, on 20th April 1942. After being shot down over the island, he was posted to 249 Squadron. During the following two weeks he saw much action, claiming 4 and one shared by the end of July. Posted back to the UK, he returned to combat flying in May 1943, rejoining 485 Squadron. He rapidly scored further victories, but on 22nd August just after downing an Fw190, his engine failed forcing him to land in France where he was taken POW. His final tally stood at 12 victories and 8 probables. He died on 19th December 2007.

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