19.01.1944. N0. 7th PG. 22th PS. U.S.A.A.F. P38/F5 42-67368. 2nd Lt. Skiff
Operation: Ferry flight
Date: 19th January 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: 13th Squadron, 7th Photographic Group.
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Earl Vann Skiff. 0-746201 U.S.A.A.F. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took-off from Honiton airfield on ferry flight to base, Mount Farm, Oxfordshire. (Station No.234) Augered into tree tops near Greenfield Farm, just over a mile south east of Watlington. Reason unknown.
2nd Lt. Earl V Skiff in his F5.
This tree can still be found at the crash site. It still caries the inscription, Clarence Abbot Laing. West Virginia. Dated the 20th Jan 1944, the day after the crash, it is believed to have been left by one of the US soldier's guarding the wreck.
2nd Lt Earl V Skiff was first buried at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, England, 5108 North, 9th Avenue. In January 1949 he was repatriated to the U.S.A. and now rest in peace, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
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