Gloves, Flying

Production date
Circa 1940s
A pair of brown leather flying gloves with zips fitted on the upper sections. "No 4213123 / R G Reardon " is handwritten inside both gloves. "22C / 60 " and "9 1/2" is also stamped inside both gloves.
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Production date
Circa 1940s
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These flying gloves belonged to Sergeant Ronald Reardon, of Tariki. Reardon was a Kittyhawk pilot in the 18th Squadron of the RNZAF who served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He fought as part of Operation Cartwheel (1943–1944) a major military strategy of the Allied forces (United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and some Pacific Islands), which targeted the Japanese base at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. As Kittyhawks could not operate at great heights, they acted as escorts providing close cover for the American bombers during the bombing strikes against Rabaul. The strength of the Kittyhawks came as a result of discipline and teamwork. Reardon left New Zealand for Papua New Guinea on the 9th January 1943. His Kittyhawk was shot down one month later off the coast of Kabanga, southwest of Rabaul.
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