26 Jun 2009

Leading figure in Berlin Airlift dies

1:44 pm on 26 June 2009

The man who headed the New Zealand Air Force's contribution to the Berlin Airlift has died.

Colin Fraser, 90, served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II, serving in bombing and transport squadrons in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

He later served in the Allied occupation force in Japan and led New Zealand's air force contribution to the Berlin Airlift, which took into Berlin with more than two million tons of supplies.

For these operations, Mr Fraser was awarded the New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

Squadron Leader Fraser later became the air force's Provost Marshal, responsible for discipline through the service.