02/03.02.1944 No. 488 Squadron Mosquito NF.XIII HK363 Fl/Sgt. Watson
Date: 02/03rd February 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 488 Squadron RNZAF (11 Group)
Type: Mosquito NF.XIII
Base: RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex
Location: As above
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Keith James Watson NZ/421799 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Ernest Frank Edwards NZ/422378 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at about 00:05 hrs on an airfield canopy searchlight exercise when at 01:40 hrs the aircraft crashed out of control a mile south of the airfield. It is thought that the pilot may have been temporary blinded when caught in the beams.
Fl/Sgt. Keith James Watson. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.K.1. Born on the 10th March 1923 in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the son of David James Watson and of Emily Millicent Watson (née Fuller), of Pohangina, Wellington, New Zealand. 397 Flying hours logged - 38 of these solo on Mosquito. 2 operational sorties flown. A motor mechanic, joining the RNZAF in March 1942.
Fl/Sgt. Ernest Frank Edwards. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.K.1A. Born on the 23rd April 1917 in Wakefield, New Zealand, the son of Archibald and Florence Helen Edwards and grandson of Wallace Edward Fairhall, of Wakefield, Nelson, New Zealand. 216 Flying hours logged. An orchard worker prior to joining the RNZAF in March 1942.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Errol Martyn - For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3, Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph, Weekly News. Victoria University of Wellington Library. Other sources as indicated below.