16.03.1942 No. 410 Squadron Defiant I V1183 P/O. Ion B. Constant
Operation: Air test
Date: 16th March 1942
Unit: No. 410 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Boulton Paul Defiant I
Base: RAF Drem
Location: Dissington Hall, Stamfordham, Northumberland
Pilot: P/O. Ion Brancovan Constant 115407 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. William John Lewis 115728 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off on a night flight test flight when, during unauthorised low flying crashed after a high speed stall. Both the crew killed when the Defiant hit the grounds of Dissington Hall
Above: Area of accident with insert P/O. Ion Constant (courtesy Sherborne School archives)
Left: Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them.
P/O. Ion Brancovan Constant. Esther Cemetery (Cobham). Class C. Grave 1729. Further information (courtesy Sherborne School Archives): Born in 1920. Son of Marin B. Constant, M.C, and Cicely Brancovan Constant, of Fontridge, Broad Highway, Cobham, Surrey. Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) 1933-1938; 6th form. Peterhouse, Cambridge, B.A. Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'I.B. Constant was the younger of two brothers in Harper House. On leaving he went to St. John's College, Cambridge, but when war broke out, he joined the RAF. After a period as a sergeant-pilot, he was given a commission and joined a night-fighter squadron in the North of England. He was killed in action in March 1942. At School he was often in some sort of a scrape, and without doubt it was this love of adventure that took him into night-fighters in the early days of the blitzes.'
P/O. William John Lewis. Aberdeen Cemetery (Springbank) Sec T. Grave 192. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
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