485 (NZ) Squadron R.A.F.
The 485 (NZ) Reunions
At the end of WW2, the surviving members of 485 made a covenant to gather again every two years.
In 1991, Max Collett took over from the previous organiser, (ex-Sq/Ldr 485 Garry Barnett),
and continued organising these 'get-togethers' - a tradition since 1945. Understandably, many have
passed on, but the few who are left manage to still 'do the deed.' Max, as did his predecessor, has
kept all the records of these special times, and here we present a few photos of the lads from 485.
One of the photos Max has - of the many that were taken through those 'dark days'...

485 at Selsey - 1944
For the record, over two hundred pilots flew with 485 Sqdn., from its formation in early 1941
to its disbandment in mid 1945. 69 enemy aircraft were destroyed and an unofficial total of
fifty 485 Sqn pilots killed, including 5 missing and presumed killed.
Napier-Hastings 485 Reunion. Bridge Pa, Hastings 2001.
The lads around that wonderful aircraft, (DH 82 Tiger Moth),
in which they all took their first step toward a Spitfire.
Squadron reunion
RNZAF base Whenuapai, Auckland
485 New Zealand Spitfire Squdron Reunion. Napier 2005