02.09.1941 404 Squadron Blenheim IV L9394 Sgt. Dale
Operation: Training Flight
Date: 02nd September 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 404 Squadron. Coastal Command (motto: 'Ready to fight')
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Skitten, Caithness
Location: Castletown, Highlands, Scotland
Pilot: Sgt. William Edward Dale R/72360 RCAF Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Glenelg Allen 975744 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
PX: Cpl. Leslie White McKinlay 567698 RAF Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training flight the aircraft spun into the ground 1 mile east of Castletown at 17:00 hrs.
No cause was established.
The brother of aircraft mechanic Cpl. Leslie McKinlay was also killed later in the war. He was 23 year old, F/O. George Mercer McKinlay 136433 RAFVR with 610 squadron. Flying Spitfire RB142 he attacked a V1 flying bomb. The bomb exploded and hit his aircraft. Before he was able to bale out the aircraft crashed near Newhaven.
Sgt. William Edward Dale. Wick Cemetery. Sec. O. Grave 433. Son of John Wesley Dale and Marvel Gentleman Dale, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: 'Beloved Son Of John Wesley And Marvel Gentleman Dale, Toronto, Canada'.
Sgt. Edward Glenelg Allen. Penarth Cemetery. Sec. E. Grave 854. Son of Edward and Nellie Allen and husband of Beryl Allen, of Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales.
Cpl. Leslie White McKinlay. Wick Cemetery. Sec. O. Grave 416. Son of William and Bessie McKinlay. of Gateshead, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Ross McNeill and his research with Coastal Command. Other sources as quoted below: