21.06.1945 No. 12 Ferry Unit Mosquito NF.XIX TA282 W/O. George G. Kendall
Date: 21st June 1945 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 12 Ferry Unit
Type: Mosquito NF. XIX
Base: RAF Melton Mowbray
Location: RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: W/O. George Gregory Kendall NX/43484 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
Nav/Pax: LAC John Cavanagh Fairlie 990379 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
We would very much like to hear from relatives of the crew who maybe able to add additional information/photographs to make the remembrance page to them more personal.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at RAF Cranfield in Bedfordshire at about 11.49 hrs. With the pilot was a member of the ground crew as passenger. Some 6 minutes later carried out a low run over the airfield with 1 engine feathered, stalled off a turn and and crashed into four other aircraft operated by 51 operational training unit. Both crew killed.
We have established the serial numbers of 3 of the 4 other destroyed Mosquitoes:
DZ260 NFII - HK253 NF. XVII - HK356 NF. XVII.
Crew graves - available at a higher resolution to relatives of the crew, please contact us.
W/O. George Gregory Kendall. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 15909. Son of William Hillary Kendall and Rosalie McGregor Kendall, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.
LAC John Cavanagh Fairlie. Kempston Cemetery. Block J. Grave 103. Son of John and Teresa Fairlie, husband of Doreen Deborah Fairlie, of Hornsey, Middlesex, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives. Colin Cummings - 'The Price Of Peace'. Errol Martyn - For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3.