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26.08.1940 No. 5 Operational Training Unit Hurricane I N2606 P/O. Magee
Date: 26th August 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 5 Operational Training Unit - 10 Group
Type: Hurricane I
Base: RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire
Location: South Cerney
Pilot: P/O. Ronald Stanley Magee 36256 RAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
At 07:05 hrs he was seen to be diving very low prior to pulling up in a silent steep climbing tour. The Hurricane then stalled and spun into the ground and caught fire - killing the young New Zealand pilot.
Woodchester Churchyard (Church Of The Annunciation). Sec. E. Grave 45. Son of Stanley Victor and Catherine Mary Magee, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand and husband of Shirley Magee. Grave inscription reads: "Dearly Loved R.I.P". Note: RNZAF crews relatives were not permitted to have a grave inscription, P/O. Bennett however was serving in the RAF - read more about this here. A total of 9 flying hours logged on this type.
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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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