24.09.1943 No. 485 Squadron Spitfire LF.IX MH470 F/O. Ainge
Operation: Ramrod 242
Date: 24th September 1943 (Friday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (11 Group - Ka whawhai tonu - "We will fight on")
Type: Spitfire LF.IX
Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Kent
Pilot: F/O. John Albert Ainge NZ/415279 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking part Ramrod 242, escorting USAAF Marauders on an operation to bomb Évreux airfield.
Leaving RAF Biggin Hill in Kent at 11:00 hrs.
When they crossed the coast of France MH470 was seen drifting away from the Squadron. No enemy activity had been observed and it is thought possible that he may have experienced oxygen failure.
F/O. John Albert Ainge. Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Grave H.64. Son of John Albert Ainge and of Alice May Ainge (née Farra), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 560 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, David Gray for grave photograph, other sources as quoted below: