25.06.1941 No. 616 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7327 Sgt. R.L. Brewer
Operation: Circus 23
Date: 25th June 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 616 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Code: QJ-? (Red 4)
Base: RAF Westhampnett, Sussex
Location: Le Touquet, France
Pilot: Sgt. Ronald Leslie Brewer NZ/401249 RNZAF Age 29. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Westhampnett in Sussex at 15:49 hrs from RAF Westhampnett in Sussex with 10 others.
Understood to have been shot down by enemy fighters after becoming detached from the formation inland from Le Touquet - neither body nor aircraft recovered.
The Squadron lost another pilot on the same operation, 25 year old, Sgt. John Alfred Hatton Jenks (1) 748095 RAFVR flying Spitfire IIb P8272. Shot down over St. Omer.
Sgt. Ronald Leslie Brewer. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 63. Born on the 19th January 1912, the son of Arthur W. Brewer, and of Gertrude Brewer, of North End, Portsmouth. Also of Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand.
(1) Other: Sgt. John Alfred Hatton Jenks. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Plot 12. Row E. Grave 1. Son of Cecil and Gertrude Jenks and husband of Margaret Jacqueline Jenks, of Stirchley, Birmingham, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks Errol Martyn and his research into New Zealand aircrew lost. Also to Auckland Cenotaph and Weekly News of New Zealand. Other sources as quoted below: