13.05.1943 No. 2 FIS Oxford II X7126 F/O. Shearer
Date: 13th May 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 2 Flying Instructors School. 21 Group
Type: Oxford II
Base: RAF Montrose, Angus
Pilot: F/O. Henry Sinclair Shearer NZ/412747 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
Pilot: F/O. Peter Bayne Robertson J/15516 BRCAF Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training exercise the aircraft went into a spin and crashed at location shown 09:20 hrs.
The two pilots did manage to bale out of the stricken aircraft but tragically too low and were killed.
F/O. Shearer had been at the school for just two months.
F/O. Henry Sinclair Shearer. Montrose Cemetery (Sleepyhillock). Sec. 2. Class C. Grave 2. Born on the 27th March 1917 at Auckland, the son of William George and Ellen Shearer (née Eaton), of Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand and husband of Margaret Mary Shearer (née Besky, later Bennett), of Northcote, Auckland. A shop assistant for Woolworths Ltd prior to service. A total of 966 flying hours logged with 776 solo on the Oxford.
Pilot: F/O. Peter Bayne Robertson. Montrose Cemetery (Sleepyhillock). Sec. 2. Class C. Grave 6. Son of Dr. Peter B. Robertson and Margaret Clark Robertson of Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: 'His Friendly, Kindly Smile Is So Sadly Missed. May He Rest In Peace'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: