15.10.1941 No. 245 Squadron Hurricane IIb Z3260 Sgt. Gate
Date: 15th October 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 245 Squadron 10 Group (motto: Fugo Non Fugio - 'I put to fight, I do not flee')
Type: Hurricane IIb
Base: RAF Chilbolton
Location: Near Middle Wallop, Hampshire
Pilot: Sgt. Allan Irving Gate NZ/403544 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off on local flying practice at about 20:35 hrs.
The pilot climbed to 1.000 ft. before starting a right hand turn during which control was lost and the Hurricane crashed, 4 miles North West of Middle Wallop.
Sgt. Allan Irving Gate. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.C.7. Son of Daniel Irving Gate and Clara Emily Gate, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 253 flying hours logged
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: