25.11.1943 No. 130 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD329 Fl/Sgt. Ian E. Mathieson
Date: 25th November 1943
Unit: No. 130 Squadron (13 Group)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Heathfield (Ayr) Scotland
Location: At base RAF Heathfield
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Ian Edgecombe Mathieson NZ/413447 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 14:45 hrs on an air firing training sortie. On landing back at the base at 15:20 hrs and whilst taxying on the runway it was hit from behind by a Typhoon Ib from 186 Squadron. The Spitfire overturned and caught fire - killing the pilot.
The pilot of the Typhoon JR200, Fl/Sgt. F.L. East was unhurt in the accident - understood to have been on only his second sortie in this type of aircraft. The pilot of the Typhoon was approaching to land prematurely and received a warning signal from the control’s red Aldis lamp. A back-up flare was also fired but failed to explode.
The brother of the pilot Russell Maurice Mathieson NZ/41394 RNZAF also served with him, both in 66 and 130 Squadron. His brother was to survive the war as a Squadron Leader with 222 Squadron - passed away at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand in January 1993.
Fl/Sgt. Ian Edgecombe Mathieson. St. Illogan Burial Ground. Row 2. Grave 23. Son of Augustus Nicholas and lvy Jane Mathieson, of Wanstead, Hawkes Bay. New Zealand. A veteran of 66 operations whist with 66 Squadron, 506 hrs logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to tremendous information from Errol Martyn - author of ‘For Your Tomorrow’. Other sources as quoted below: