Date: 09th February 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 83 Group Support Unit
Type: Typhoon IB
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey
Location: At airfield RAF Dunsfold, Surrey
Pilot: F/O. John Nesbitt Beattie NZ/416441 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On his first solo flight on this type of aircraft the Typhoon suffered an engine malfunction whilst in the circuit of the airfield.
The aircraft stalled at about 150 ft and spun into the ground south east on the field at 16:05 hrs - killing the young New Zealand pilot.
Prior to service with 83 Group Support Unit he flew Spitfires with 278 Squadron supporting Air Sea Rescue operations.
F/O. John Nesbitt Beattie. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 8.AA.17. Son of Joseph Nesbitt Beattie and Una Mary Beattie, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. Flying hours logged - 364.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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