02.08.1942 No. 485 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM247 Sgt. Norman M. Langlands
Date: 02nd August 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron RNZAF (12 Group)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire
Location: North Sea off Belgium
Pilot: Sgt. Norman Mathew Langlands NZ/412702 RNZAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
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.
Taking off at 14:36 hrs from RAF Kings Cliffe in Northamptonshire on a Rhubarb operation, refuelled at RAF Martlesham in Suffolk before crossing the coast to Belgium - sweep attacking trains. Thought to have been hit by flak during the return trip and crashed in the North Sea - sadly his body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
Also hit was Spitfire BM200 flown by 23 year old, P/O. Douglas Gordon Elliot Brown (1) NZ/131589 RNZAF. However he managed to return to base with the aircraft being repaired.
(Note: This aircraft was later lost on the 27th July 1944 whilst with 234 Squadron, the pilot, 24 year old Fl/Lt. William Colthart Walton DFC 119499 RAFVR survived, but taken PoW.)
(1) Wine, Woman and song - A Spitfire Pilot's Story, written by Hamish Brown, son of the pilot, published by Fonthill Media (21 June 2012) ISBN: 978-1781550359. Sadly Doug passed away on the 28th September 2013 age 94.
Sgt. Norman Mathew Langlands. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 117. Son of Arthur Campbell Langlands and Effie Langlands, of Tirau, Auckland, New Zealand. 290 flying hours logged and completed 15 operational sorties.
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: