12.11.1941 41 Operational Training Unit Lysander II N1252 P/O. Hackett
Date: 12th November 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 41 Operational Training Unit (70 Group)
Type: Lysander II
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Location: At base
Pilot: P/O. Frederick Charles Hackett NZ/41325 RNZAF Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: No further details - are you able to assist?
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, in particular details of the air gunner who survived the crash.
Training at RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire for tactical reconnaissance operations. During approach to the airfield at 10:20 hrs had to overshoot. Applied power to go around again, the aircraft made a brief climbing turn to the port. Owing to insufficient power the Lysander lost height and crashed into some rifle butts by the airfield. The air gunner survived with some injuries but sadly the pilot was killed in the impact.
Subsequent investigations revealed that the pilot would not be able to open or close the throttle fully as the throttle nut had been too tightly adjusted by the maintenance personnel.
P/O. Frederick Charles Hackett. Salisbury Cemetery (Devizes Road). Sec. 6. Grave 314. Born on the 15th May 1913 at 25 North Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight, the son of Albert George (formerly of the Royal Artillery) and Lulu May Hackett (née Morgan),
Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand. Moved to New Zealand with the family in 1927 An accountant by profession working for the shipping department of John Court Ltd. Trained in Canada and had been back in England for only 6 weeks prior to his death. 177 flying hours logged.
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: