No. 23 Squadron RNZAF
|No. 23 Squadron|
|Branch||Royal New Zealand Air Force|
The squadron was established at RNZAF Ardmore in August 1944. It moved to Palikulo Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo for further training in September. At the end of October 1944 it was posted to Kukum Field on Guadalcanal, where it flew daily bombing missions against Japanese positions on Bougainville until 14 November. In late November 1944 it moved again to Momote Field on Los Negros Island and was based there until January 1945. Its mission on Los Negros was fighter defense of the island, which included dawn and dusk patrols and scramble alert. In February 1945 the Squadron moved to Guadalcanal and then to Emirau from March–May and then to Piva Airfield on Bouganville from June–October 1945.
- Squadron Leader de Willimoff August 1944 – May 1945
- Squadron Leader D. E. Hogan May–October 1945
- Owen, R.E. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand 1955