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07th November 1945 794 Squadron FAA Corsair IV KD796 Sub.Lt (A) Voysey

Operation: Training

Date: 07th November 1945 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 794 Squadron. Fleet Air Arm

Type: Corsair IV

Serial: KD796

Code: -

Base: Eglinton, Northern Ireland - HMS Gannet

Location: North Atlantic Ocean

Pilot: Sub.Lt (A) Russell Lawrence Voysey 432112 (When RNZAF) RNZNVR Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training exercise the aircraft suffered an engine failure and the pilot ditched some 6 miles north of Magilligan Point at 15:15 hrs.

The body of the pilot was recovered on the 11th November and buried the following morning.

Above: Pilots course 45b, No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School, RNZAF Harewood. 16th September 1943
L-R: Rear; J.H.H Robinson, B.F Rough, N. Rutledge, W.C Sinnett, L.M Sly, P.L.F Smith, J.D Thorburn.
Centre; R.H Toy, C.J Utting, J.A Waller, R.R Watchman, H.G Waterhouse, P.G Weston.Front; J.F Wintle, G.W Worner, R.L Voysey, A.N Mitchell, J.T Young, M. Mitchell.

Burial and personal details

Sub.Lt (A) Russell Lawrence Voysey. Faughanvale (St Canice) Church of Ireland Churchyard. Grave 21. Born on the 12th June 1924 at Te Aroha. Worked as a bank clerk for the Bank of Australia prior to service. Enlisted on the 13th February 1943 at Ohakea. Trained with No. 3 3 Elementary Flying Training School joining on the 18th September 1943.

Embarked for Canada on the 15th January 1944. Trained with 8 and 13 Service Flying Training School. Awarded pilots badge 06th October 1944 and commissioned. Embarked for England on the 24th November 1944. Transferred to the RNZNVR on the 13th February 1945. Based at HMS Heron at Yeovilton on the 02nd July 1945 on a fighter course.

Joined 794 squadron on the 21st September 1945. Son of Walter Alexander Voysey (died 27 September 1976, age 82) and of Gladys Kathleen Voysey (nee McCabe - died 16th March 1950, age 51), of Thames, Auckland, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks 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. Grave photo courtesy of John McClenaghan, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 15-09-2021

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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