3 TEU Typhoon Ib MN127 W/O. Leonard H. Johnson
Date: 05th July 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 3 TEU (Tactical Exercise Unit)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire
Location: West of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Pilot: W/O. Leonard Horace Johnson NZ/42408 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
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REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 09:20 hrs on a aerobatic and low flying practice. After just 20 minutes into the flight made a steep climb after a dive at low altitude- the aircraft rolled over spinning out of control and crashed west of Stoneleigh.
W/O. Leonard Horace Johnson. Oxford Cemetery (Botley). Plot 1/2. Grave 242. Son of Horace William and Florence Eveline Johnson, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. 713 hours logged.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to Mike Howes for bringing this loss to our attention. Mike is hoping to make contact with relatives when he visits New Zealand in 2016. New Zealand Archives, Weekly News, other sources as quoted below.