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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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14.10.1944 Centaurus Test Flight Warwick HG342 Fl/Lt. Crozier

Operation: Engine Tests

Date: 14th October 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: Centaurus Test Flight

Type: Vickers Warwick

Serial HG342

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Filton, Bristol

Location: Gors Farm, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn, Wales

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Leonard Aubrey Crozier 141472 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Passenger: LAC. Ronald Frederick McAllen 1479575 RAFVR, Age 22. Killed (1)

Reason for loss:

Engaged on engine tests for the new Bristol Centaurus engine and crashed at location shown.

(1) McAllen was a Flight Mechanic (E) attached to the Centaurus Test Flight.

Above: Station ORB for that day.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Leonard Aubrey Crozier. Buried at South Benfleet (St Mary) Churchyard, Grave 34X. Son of Leonard John Alfred and Willa Blanche Crozier of South Benfleet. Husband of Margaret Benita Crozier of South Benfleet, Essex, England. Grave inscription reads: "Killed On Active Service".

LAC. Ronald Frederick McAllen. Buried at Humberstone (St Mary) Churchyard, Section D. Grave 2. Son of CZ McAllen and Mabel McAllen. Grave inscription reads: "Greater Hath No Man".

Researched by Steve Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered - May 2019.

SH/KTY 05.05.2019

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