No. 16 Squadron RNZAF

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No. 16 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force
Active 1942-1945
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Allegiance  New Zealand
Branch Air Force Ensign of New Zealand.svg Royal New Zealand Air Force
Role Fighter
Size One Squadron

16 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force was formed on 1 July 1942 at RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim), commanded by Squadron Leader A. Jones. The squadron served in Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, Green Island and Jacquinot Bay. The squadron was equipped with Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks and later F4U Corsair fighters. Re-equipment with the P-51 Mustang was abandoned at cessation of hostilities, and the squadron returned to New Zealand and was disbanded in October 1945.