02nd March 1945 691 Squadron Hurricane IIC LF638 Fl/Sgt. Gledhill
Date: 02nd March 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 691 Squadron (motto: Volamus Ut Serviamus - 'We fly to serve') 70 Group
Type: Hurricane IIC
Base: RAF Harrowbeer, Devon
Location: Plymouth Sound
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Albert William Conrad Gledhill NZ/4214048 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 09:35 hrs on a low level bombing exercise on an anti-aircraft co-operation exercise for the navy.
Some 40 minutes later ditched in Plymouth Sound following an engine failure. An RAF rescue launch was very quickly on the scene but he was discovered with head injuries and had drowned.
Buried on the 06th March.
Fl/Sgt. Albert William Conrad Gledhill. Haycombe Cemetery. Plot 39. Sec. H. Row E. Grave 244. Born on the 05th November 1923 at Takaka. Prior to enlisting worked as a clerk for Colgate Palmolive at Petone. Enlisted in the RNZAF on the 31st October 1942 at Masterton. Awarded his wings on the 26th November 1943 and promoted to sergeant. Son of Clarance Conrad Gledhill, and of Louisa Catherine Mary Gledhill (née Stent), of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand. 440 flying hours logged with 50 on the Hurricane.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: