Date: 18th June 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (12 Group)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Base: RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire
Location: At airfield
Pilot: Sgt. Kevin Desmond Cox NZ/401257 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
It seems that during an aerobatic display for the benefit of his visiting brother at around 16:00 hrs the Spitfire dived into the ground from 800 ft whilst demonstrating a slow roll. The young, inexperienced pilot, from New Zealand being killed instantly.
We are indebted to Errol Martyn for his incredible research into the RNZAF losses prior, during and post WW2. His publications, much sought after, are a must for researchers and interested parties.
No. 485 Squadron 1941 - Standing, (L-R): French; P/O. Donald Stuart McGregor NZ/401280; Fl/Lt. Richard Barrett NZ/391324; F/O. William Arthur Middleton NZ/39928;, Allan Shaw; Graham Howe Francis;, John C. Martin NZ/40313; Marcus Knight (CO); Francis Noel Brinsden NZ/40338; Patrick Stewart McBride; Athol Gordon McIntyre NZ/36257;, Thomas Gordon Smith NZ/414692; Bengard; Neville; Gordon Ernest Erridge Kneeling front, left to right: James William George NZ/40722; Murray; A.W. Morton; Hal Thomas; Richard John Bullen NZ/40753; Bill Crawford-Compton NZ/65500; Jack Maney NZ/0240; James Kerrow "Jim" Porteous (aka 'Pranger'); Austin B. Smith; Harvey Nelson Sweetman NZ/40992; and Kevin Desmond Cox NZ/401257.
Sgt. Kevin Desmond Cox. Leconfield Churchyard (St. Catherine) Row A. Grave 6. Son of Edmund Arthur and Catherine A. Cox, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.
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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