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3 SFTS Hind NZ1507 LAC. Evan Roy Archer

Operation: Formation practice

Date: 04th March 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 3 Service Flying Training School (ATS)

Type: Hind Trainer

Serial: NZ1507

Code: -

Base: RNZAF Ohakea

Location: Near Levin

Pilot: LAC. Evan Roy Archer NZ/403114 RNZAF Age 23. Killed


During a formation practice exercise between Shannon and Levin in the morning being led by LAC. Gordon Griffith Thomas flying NZ1526 through isolated cloud at 1800 ft.

On breaking cloud it was apparently not realised that NZ1526 was at this stage slightly ahead and above.

They collided and descended out of control. The pilot of NZ1526 managed a forced landing with no injuries. NZ1507 however, crashed and he lost his life.

Further information on Gordon Griffith Thomas here.

Burial and other details:

LAC. Evan Roy Archer. Palmerston North Cemetery (Kelvin Grove). Grave 22.F.1. Born on the 18th August 1917 in Wellington. Worked as a clerk for the Bank of New Zealand. Enlisted at Whenuapai as an aircraft hand on the 07th August 1940. With No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School on the 23rd November 1940 after being re-mustered as a pilot under training. With No. 3 Service Flying Training School on the 18th January 1941. Pilot badge awarded on the 10th March 1941 - posthumously. 105 flying hours logged with 32 solo on the Hind.

Son of Roy Stenning Tremaine Archer (died 11th June 1970, age 79) and Cicely Mary Archer (née Chatwin - died 03rd October 1987, age 97), of Te Kuiti, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, 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, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below:

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