Date: 10th August 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 759 Squadron Fleet Air Arm
Type: Sea Hurricane Ib
Base: HMS Herron, Yeovilton, Somerset
Location: Bristol Channel
Pilot: Sub/Lt. (A) John Atkinson Brown RNZNVR Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During deck landing training on what is thought to be HMS Pursuer Z4550 broke formation when flying as the last of three in line astern under cloud and at about 09:15 hrs crashed into the channel north if Lilstock.
A member of the Royal Observer Corps seeing the splash called the air sea rescue. But despite searching all that they could find only a patch of oil.
Ten days later the body of the New Zealand pilot was washed up near Clevedon and buried the same day.
Burial and personal details:
Sub/Lt. (A) John Atkinson Brown. Bristol Cemetery (Arnos Vale). Sec. TTT. Grave 954. Born on the 30th August 1920 at Piopio. A teacher prior to service. Enlisted on the 02nd April 1943. Awarded his pilots badge and commissioned on the 05th March 1942. Son of George and Jane Brown (née Atkinson), of Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand. His brother 25 year old, Fl/Lt. George Brown NZ/413374 RNZAF was killed on the 06th August 1944. Further details here.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:
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them. - Laurence
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