09.02.1943 No 96 Squadron Beaufighter VIF V84338 Fl/Lt. G.S. Taylor
Date: 09th February 1943 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 96 Squadron (9 Group)
Type: Beaufighter VIF
Base: RAF Honiley, Warwickshire
Location: RAF Turweston, Buckinghamshire
Pilot: Fl/Lt. George Stringer Taylor NZ/391849 RNZAF Age 24. Badly injured
Observer: None - solo flight
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Bicester in Oxfordshire on a cross country training flight at about 18:10 hrs.
Shortly after taking off the starboard engine failed and so he decided to make an emergency landing at the closest field. During the turn to the airfield the aircraft stalled and crashed.
He was admitted to Horton General Hospital, Banbury but died of his injuries later the same evening.
Fl/Lt. George Stringer Taylor. Weaverham (St Mary's Churchyard), Northwich. Grave 2742. Born on the 20th July 1918, the son of William John and Elizabeth Taylor, of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand and husband of Betty Taylor (née McMean) of Northwich, Cheshire, England. 762 flying hours logged - completed 68 operations.
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 Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: