22.08.1943 No. 61 OTU Spitfire P7304 P/O. Noizet
Operation: Training exercise
Date: 22nd August 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 61 OTU
Type: Spitfire IIa
Base: RAF Rednal, Shropshire
Location: Hincks Plantation, Nr. Lilleshall, Shropshire
Pilot: P/O. Jean Joseph Albert Noizet 143485 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a fighter attack exercise two Spitfires from 61 OTU Spitfire P7444 flown by P/O. Henry Maurice Goldsmit (a Belgium pilot), also from 61 OTU and P/O. Noizet collided in mid air. The pilot of P7444 managed to land the aircraft at RAF Rednal, with no injuries, the aircraft was only damaged slightly.
Sadly P/O. Jean Noizet was killed with his Spitfire crashed into the Hincks Plantation, Nr. Lilleshall, 3 miles South West of Newport.
The Air Accident investigationn placed the cause as 'pilot error due to misjudgement'.
Notes: P7304 Spitfire was built at the Castle Bromwich Works and fitted with the Merlin XII Engine. The Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group based at Sleap Airfield recovered some pieces in 1977, including the Merlin XII engine and they have them on show at their museum, as well as many other interesting exhibits.
P/O. 151928 Henry Maurice Goldsmit was sadly later killed. On the 3rd November 1944 he was attacking transport and troops in Holland, flying Spitfire XI PT963 with 349 Squadron, when he was hit by flak and crashed at Klundert.
We received an email in August 2013 regarding this loss, a Mr. Hugh Richardson contacted us and advised that a small memorial was erected for P/O. Noizet at the edge of the Rednal Airfield. He maintains this and every Remembrance Day he places a memorial cross on the plaque - one pilot, never forgotten.
Above left - Merlin engine recovered in 1977 and right other pieces from the cockpit.
P/O Jean Joseph Albert Noizet. Brussels Town Cemetery. Belgiams Field of Honour. N.o.K. details not currently available. Born on 5th March 1915 in Florenville, Belgium.
P/O. Henry Maurice Goldsmit. Brussels Town Cemetery. Belgiams Field of Honour. N.o.K. details not currently available
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Hugh Richardson, Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Rathbone Museum.