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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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08th July 1942 55 OTU Hurricane I AG125 Sgt. Gane

Operation: Training

Date: 08th July 1942 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 55 Operational Training Unit

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: AG125

Code: -

Base: RAF Annan

Location: Drumburgh, Solway Firth

Pilot: Sgt. Albert Leslie Gane Aus/405126 RAAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 0830 hrs with two others to practice formation flying.

The formation was under the instruction of P/O. Maxwell. At 09:30 hrs in a line astern formation, two of the Hurricane collided and locked together, crashing at Drumber, Solway Firth. The other pilot, 19 year old Sgt. Te Roki Robieson 1375959 RAFVR flying Hurricane Z7077 was also killed.

Burial and personal details:

Sgt. Albert Leslie Gane. Annan Cemetery, Dumfriesshire. Sec. R. Extn 2. Grave 32.Born on the 29th November 1919 at Irvinebank , Queensland. A School teacher prior to service. Served for 12 months in the 51st Battalion Australian army. Enlisted 02nd February 1941. Son of Francis Herbert and May Gane, of Herberton, Queensland, Australia. Grave inscription: ' Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten'.

Sgt. Te Roki Robieson. Annan Cemetery, Dumfriesshire. Sec. R. Extn 2. Grave 31. Born on the 23rd July 1922 at Dunedin - moved to England at an early age. Enlisted at Blackpool on the 16th August 1940. Embarked for USA via Canada in late May 1941. First solo on the 10th September 1941. Pilots badge awarded and promoted to sergeant on the 04th January 1942. Embarked for England on the 10th February 1942. Trained further with No. 1 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit on the 06th April 1942. Joined 55 Operational Training Unit on the 13th May 1942. Son of James Frank of Dunedin and Eunice Emily Robieson (nee Turner) of Westminster, London, England. Lived at 24 Bromley Hill, Bromley, Kent, England. Parents divorced in 1925. Father died in Masterton, New Zealand on the17th January 1966, age 86. (Collector, carver and possible forger of Māori artifacts)

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, National Archives Australia, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 21-10-2021

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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