13/14th March 1944 60 OTU Mosquito NF.II DZ718 F/O. Galvin
Date: 13/14th March 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 60 Operational Training Unit. 9 Group
Type: Mosquito NF.II
Base: RAF High Ercall, Shropshire
Location: 3 miles east of Dromore County Down, Northern Ireland
Pilot: F/O. Alwyne James Galvin NZ/417044 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Jack Bramwell 1458644 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very little known regarding this accident.
Took off an intruder exercise in good weather conditions. It was thought that the aircraft may have stalled during a tight turn.
They crashed into a hillside 3 miles east of Dromore County Down, Northern Ireland at 00:24 hrs. Both crew members killed.
F/O. Alwyne James Galvin. Eglantine Church Of Ireland Cemetery. Sec. E. Grave 40. Born on the 26th August 1920 at Thames. Worked as a teacher for the Auckland Education Board prior to service. Enlisted in the RNZAF on the 21st December 1941 at Levin. Embarked for training in Canada on the 11th April 1942. Pilots badge an commission awarded on the 28th August 1942. Attached to no. 7 Service Flying Training School as an instructor. Embarked for England on the 14th December 1943. Joined 60 Operational Training Unit on the 01st February 1944. Son of John and Kathleen Galvin (nee Ganley), of Turua, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 1078 flying hours logged with 52 solo on the Mosquito.
Sgt. Jack Bramwell. Eglantine Church Of Ireland Cemetery. Sec. E. Grave 33. Son of George and Clara Bramwell, of Stockport, Cheshire and husband of Marjorie Warrington Bramwell. of Stockport, Cheshire, England. Grave inscription: 'They Shall Grow Not Old As We That Are Left Grow Old; Age Shall Not Weary Them Nor The Years Condemn'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, other sources as quoted below: