30.08.1940 No. 235 Squadron Blenheim IV L9262 P/O. Priestley
Date: 30th August 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 235 Squadron 16 Group (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IVF
Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk
Location: Barwick Farm, near Syderstone, Norfolk
Pilot: P/O. John Sinclair Piestley NZ/39934 RNZAF Age 27. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Arthur Graves 632826 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off in the morning to carry out practise circuit training when it spun in and crashed at location shown 11:15hrs.
Both the crew were killed.
P/O. John Sinclair Piestley. Great Bircham Churchyard (St. Mary). Plot 1. Row 1. Grave 9. Son of Josiah Oswald and Margaret Moore Priestley, of Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand. 156 Flying hours logged with just 20 on this type. Had completed 2 operational sorties.
Sgt. Edward Arthur Graves. Eastbourne Cemetery (Langney). Sec. D. Grave 875. Stepson of John H. and Mrs. Elizabeth E.H. Graves Pope of The Cottage, Langley Road, Langley, Eastbourne, England. On detachment from 22 Squadron also based at RAF Bircham Newton.
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: