30.04.1941 No. 52 OTU Hurricane I P3864 Sgt. Easton
Date: 30th April 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 52 Operational Training Unit
Type: Hurricane I
Base: RAF Debden, Essex
Location: Off Danocoys Lane, Bishop's Stortford
Pilot: Sgt. Eric John Easton 1253064 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Aircraft crashed near Bishop's Stortford having failed to pull off a high speed dive. Pilot killed and aircraft written off.
It is understood that he had been on an oxygen test at the time and the most likely cause was thought to have been related to oxygen supply problems.
Tragically his older sister, Station Officer Joan Marjorie Easton 2986 also lost her life in a heroic action whilst serving as a WAAF in 1943 - further details follow.
Sgt. Eric John Easton. Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich. Section C, 1st Gen., Joint Grave 793. No further details - are you able to assist? Grave inscription reads: "Per Ardua Ad Astra" - RAF motto meaning: "Through adversity to the stars".
Researched by Steve Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered - April 2019. For further details our thanks to the following sources: