08.07.1943 No. 247 Squadron Typhoon Ib EK224 ZY-B P/O. R.W. Lornie
Date: 08th July 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 247 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex
Location: Westerschelde, Netherlands
Pilot: P/O. Ronald William Lornie NZ/413944 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Bradwell Bay in Essex at 16:10 hrs to carry out an anti-shipping strike at Nieuwesluis but for some reason P/O. Lorne who was flying as number two to the Squadron Commanding officer both flew south to attack gun positions at Breskens.
It is understood that he was hit by flak and turned away to the North Sea but then suddenly dived into the Westerschelde and was killed. His body was recovered by a vessel for the Kriegsmarine and then buried at location shown below.
P/O. Ronald William Lornie. Flushing Northern Cemetery. (Vlissingen) Row F. Grave 21. Son of Thomas and Nan Lornie, of Auckland City, New Zealand and husband of D. M. Lornie, of Auckland City. A total of 441 flying hours logged and on his 24th operational sortie.
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 Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, Des Philippet for grave photo, other sources as quoted below: