21.03.1945 No. 541 Squadron Spitfire PR.XIX RM635 ES-Y Fl/Lt. Adlam
Date: 21st March 1945 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 541 Squadron. 106 Group (motto: 'Alone Above All')
Type: Spitfire PR.XIX
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Frank Percival Adlam NZ/424403 RNZAF Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
After carrying out a photographic reconnaissance operation over North Western Germany the pilot landed at Melsbrook in Belgium to refuel.
Owing to failing light decided to remain overnight. The following morning took off for RAF Benson.
For reasons unexplained he crashed at location shown at 09:30 hrs and lost his life.
Fl/Lt. Frank Percival Adlam. Brookwood Cemetery. Grave 2. AA. 4. Born on the 28th December 19125 at Taranaki, the son of Ernest Albert and Jessie Adlam (née Preston), of Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand and husband of Phyllis Mary Adlam (née Bell), of Midhirst, Taranaki. Prior to service worked as a farmer on his fathers sheep farm. A total of 892 flying hours logged and having completed 14 operational sorties.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: