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14 (P) AFU Oxford I V4082 F/O. Harold Tudor Haynes

Operation: Training

Date: 21st August 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 14 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit. 21 Group.

Type: Oxford I

Serial: V4082

Code: -

Base: RAF Banff, Banffshire, Scotland


Pilot: F/O. Harold Tudor Haynes NZ/416485 RNZAF Age 24. Killed


Taking off at 14:25 hrs on general flying practice in company with another Oxford from the same unit.

25 minutes later while pulling out of a dummy diving attack on a formation of aircraft over the Mains of Paithnick, both aircraft collided. The pilot flying the other Oxford ED266, 29 year old F/O. James Law 161729 RAFVR also lost his life.

Burial and personal details:

F/O. Harold Tudor Haynes. Banff Cemetery. 3rd Compt. Sec. D. Grave 15. Born on the 02nd January 1920 in Palmerstone North. Worked as a mechanician for P and T departments. Served in the territorial army for 11 months. Enlisted in Levin as a pilot under training on 30th November 1941. With No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School 10th January 1942. With No. 2 Service Flying Training School 08th March 1942. No. 1 Service Flying Training School 13th June 1942. Pilot badge awarded on the 05th May 1942. Promoted to sergeant on the 11th July 1942. Embarked for England on the 20th of July 1942. With No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre 02nd September 1942. 11 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit 22nd September 1942, Served in several units as an instructor. Commissioned on the 20th October 1943. Son of Mark Trevithick Haynes (died 09th August 1943 and Ida Tudor Haynes (née Brewer - died 03rd June 1952, age 74) and husband of Nita Lois Haynes, father of one son,Colin Haynes, of Frankton Junction, Hamilton.Brother of Fl/Sgt. Owen Haynes NZ/ missing 19th August 1942,

F/O. James Law. Bacup Cemetery (Fairwell). Sec. G. Cons. Grave 95. Son of James William and Sarah Law, of Bacup and husband of Jean Law of Backup, Rossendale, Lancashire, England.

Above: L-R: Rear; Harold Tudor Haynes NZ/416485, A.R Harrison, Neville John Callan NZ/415289, Charles Wallace Beresford, D.G Kennedy, A.L Hickinbotham.
Centre; Hilton Clifford Williams NZ/416219, Robert Frederick Harvey NZ/416483, A.C Beazer, William Francis Irwin NZ/416497, C.W Collins.
Front; Maurice William Bourke NZ/416446, A.R Stephenson, F.C Cook. (Courtesy Air Museum of New Zealand)

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, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, Luke Haynes who contacted us in August 2023.Other sources as quoted below:

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