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11 EFTS Tiger Moth II T5954 F/O. Bertram Lewis Arnold

Operation: Training

Date: 08th October 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 11 Elementary Flying Training School. 51 Group

Type: Tiger Moth II

Serial: T5954

Code: -

Base: RAF Perth, Perthshire

Location: Baldarroch Farm

Pilot: F/O. Bertram Lewis Arnold 51385 RAFVR Age 27. Killed

Pilot: P/O. Joseph Lewis Oliver NZ/2233 RGZAF Age 25. Killed


Taking off at about 13:45 hrs piloted by F/O. Arnold lost control at 500 ft. while looping or making a stall turn.

The aircraft flipped over and dived into the ground, killing both pilots at 14:45 hrs.

Burial details:

F/O. Bertram Lewis Arnold. Perth Cemetery. Jeanfield And Wellshill) ) . Sec. B. Jeanfield Div. Grave 849. Son of Alfred Lewis Arnold Son of 2nd. Lt. Alfred Lewis Arnold (killed 15th August 1917) and Elsie Kate Arnold. Husband of Thelma Virginia Arnold, of London, Ontario, Canada. Epitaph: 'In Proud And Loving Memory Of My Dear Husband'.

P/O. Joseph Lewis Oliver. Perth Cemetery (Jeanfield And Wellshill). Sec. B. Jeanfield Div. Grave 850. Born on the 12th of July 1919 at Palmerston North. A salesman for R.D Loose. Enlisted ate Tauranga on the 17th of December 1943. A total of 231 flying hours were logged. Son of Samuel William (died 11th November 1962) and Clara Oliver (née Holgerson), of Palmerston North, New Zealand and husband of Catherine Lorraine Oliver (née Voss, layer McGill - died 30th June 1990, age 71), father of one son, of 87 Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt, Wellington, 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, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below:

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