Squadron Leader E D "Rosie" Mackie, Commanding Officer of No. 92 Squadron RAF, photographed at Canne, Italy, when his score of victories stood at 15 confirmed enemy aircraft destroyed. Mackie joined the RNZAF in 1941 and arrived in the United Kingdom in 1942 where, after a period at an Operational Training Unit he was posted to No, 485 Squadron RNZAF. Early in 1943 he joined No. 243 Squadron RAF in North Africa, and achieved considerable success, becoming a flight commander in May and commanding the squadron itself in June. In November 1943, after further victories over Sicily and Italy he was given the command of 92 Squadron RAF. Mackie's long tour of operations ended on 20 February 1944, after which he returned to the United Kingdom and converted to flying the Hawker Tempest. In December 1944 he joined No. 274 Squadron RAF in Holland, but was made Commanding Officer of No. 80 Squadron RAF the following month, and then promoted Wing Leader of No. 122 Wing RAF in April 1945, before returning to New Zealand the following September.