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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RNZAF Crest
09.02.1945 83 Group Support Unit Typhoon IB MN704 F/O. Beattie

Operation: Training

Date: 09th February 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 83 Group Support Unit

Type: Typhoon IB

Serial: MN704

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey

Location: At airfield RAF Dunsfold, Surrey

Pilot: F/O. John Nesbitt Beattie NZ/416441 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On his first solo flight on this type of aircraft the Typhoon suffered an engine malfunction whilst in the circuit of the airfield.

The aircraft stalled at about 150 ft and spun into the ground south east on the field at 16:05 hrs - killing the young New Zealand pilot.

Prior to service with 83 Group Support Unit he flew Spitfires with 278 Squadron supporting Air Sea Rescue operations.

Burial details:

F/O. John Nesbitt Beattie. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 8.AA.17. Son of Joseph Nesbitt Beattie and Una Mary Beattie, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. Flying hours logged - 364.

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, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 01.10.2018

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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