16.05.1942 No. 58 O.T.U. Spitfire IIa P7675 Sgt. Bushell
Date: 16th May 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 58 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Base: R.A.F. Grangemouth, Scotland.
Location: Thornhill, Sterling, Scotland
Pilot: Sgt Kenneth Bushell R/92018 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During training the Spitfire dived into the ground at Thornhill, Sterling – cause unknown.
58 O.T.U. Course 20/Squad 1: Front row: Sgt. Pawlowski, F/O. Wyanaowski, P/O. Powierza, P/O. O’Brien, F/O. Zegallo, F/O. Kolanko, Sgt. Barnes, Sgt. Dowding – Centre row: Sgt. Malec, Sgt. Blore, Sgt. Bassett, Sgt. Bushell, Sgt. Clymer, Sgt. Gray, Sgt. Hawkey – Back row: Sgt. Idrjan, Sgt. Caldecott, Sgt. Mikusek, Sgt. Haynes, Sgt. Bell, Sgt. Nahlik.
Note: Spitfire P7675 was built at the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory and powered by the R.R. Merlin XII Engine.
Sgt Kenneth Bushell. Grangemouth Cemetery. Sec. 1. Grave 32. Son of Isaac and Florence Bushell, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thank for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Les Allison and Harry Hayward – ‘They Shall Grow Not Old’, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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