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coastal command
12th January 1944 9 (Coastal) OTU Beaufighter VIC T5277 Fl/Sgt. Aislabie

Operation: Training

Date: 12th January 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit. 17 Group

Type: Beaufighter VIC

Serial: T5277

Code: -

Base: RAF Crosby-on-Eden, Cumberland

Location: Shaw Hill, Dumfriesshire

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Herbert Clement Aislabie NZ/424404 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: F/O. Albert John Mabey 151263 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


Taking off at about 11:45 for a training sortie, a practice QGH (course to steer), veered off track after a w/t failure in poor weather and flew into cloud-covered Shaw Hill, 3.5 miles west of Langholm, Dumfriesshire at 13:05 hrs. Both crew died.

Burial and personal details:

Fl/Sgt. Herbert Clement Aislabie. Chester Cemetery (Blacon). Sec A Grave 500. Born on the 31st July 1920 at Te Kuiti, Waikato. Prior to service worked as a fitter/turner for Berry Engineering Works Ltd. In the territorial army for a year before enlisting in the RNZAF on the 02nd May 1942. Embarked for Canada on the 31st October 1942. Pilots badge awarded and promoted to sergeant on the 02nd April 1943. On the 28th January 1943 embarked for England. Joined 9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit. on the 14th September 1943. Son of Clement Gilbert and Eileen Frances Myrtle Aislabie (née Bernard), of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 386 flying hours logged.

F/O. Albert John Mabey. Bitterne Churchyard (Holy Saviour). Plot 4. Row 15. Grave 24.Son of Hedley John Richards Mabey and of Mary Mabey (nee Pratt), of Bitterne Park, Southampton. Grave inscription: From Earth's Confinements He Has Sped To Heaven's Unbounded Countryside.

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, AWMM, other sources as quoted below:

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