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.
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: