11.05.1940 No. 54 Squadron Spitfire I N3187 P/O. McKenzie
Date: 11th May 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 54 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Location: North Sea off Margate
Pilot: P/O. John Douglas Bruorton McKenzie 401726 RAF Age 25. 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 18:25 hrs from RAF Hornchurch in Essex with one other to patrol over the English Channel. The last position reported was 5 miles North of Margate. His section leader realised his No. 2 was missing - a search was made but no trace of the pilot or aircraft found.
P/O. John Douglas Bruorton McKenzie. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 9. Son of Thomas and Ada Ann McKenzie, of Riccarton, Canterbury, New Zealand. 393 Flying hours logged.
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: