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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
21.06.1945 No. 12 Ferry Unit Mosquito NF.XIX TA282 W/O. George G. Kendall

Operation: Training/delivery

Date: 21st June 1945 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 12 Ferry Unit

Type: Mosquito NF. XIX

Serial: TA282

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.


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.
Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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