05.08.1943 No 140 Squadron Spitfire IV AB126, F/O. Douglas M. Croy
Date: 05th August 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 140 Squadron (34 Wing TAF)
Type: Spitfire PR. IV
Base: RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire (Later becoming RAF Blackbushe)
Location: Shinfield, Berkshire
Pilot: F/O. Douglas Marchbank Croy NZ/414259 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
With the great research carried out by Errol Martyn on the Royal New Zealand Airforce losses we have been able to compile this page. If you have further information and or photographs we would welcome contact from you.
Taking off at 14:20 hrs on a formation flying exercise.
At around 14:50 hrs the pilot of AB126 collided with another, AB305. F/O. Croy crashing at Shinfield, killing the pilot. The other pilot of AB305 managed to land his aircraft at RAF Hartford Bridge and escaping injury.
F/O. Douglas Marchbank Croy. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.C.1A. Son of James Edward Croy and of Annie Croy (née Reid), of Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 402 flying hours logged with 189 on the Spitfire.
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: