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245 Squadron Crest
25.09.1941 No. 245 Squadron Hurricane IIb BD738 P/O. Herrick

Operation: Weather Test

Date: 25th September 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 245 Squadron (10 Group)

Type: Hurricane IIb

Serial: BD738

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Chilbolton, Hampshire

Location: Stockbridge, Hampshire

Pilot: P/O. Peter Gershom Herrick 88246 RAFVR Age 20 Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 15:30 hrs on it is understood to perform a weather test.

During the flight he collided with another Hurricane from the Squadron. 21 year old, P/O. Kenneth Hutchison J/5139 RCAF was piloting Hurricane AP524 when they both crashed at Stockbridge near Chilbolton. Both pilots lost their lives.

Burial details:

P/O. Peter Gershom Herrick. Brookwood Military Cemetery Grave 2.D.7. Son of Frank Duncan and Flora de Bathe Herrick, of Herbertville, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. A total of 450 flying hours logged and had completed 74 operational sorties. Grave inscription reads: "Only Son Of Frank And Flora Herrick Of Tautane Herbertville, New Zealand".

P/O. Kenneth William Hutchison. Brookwood Military Cemetery Grave 31.I.9. Son of William Francis and Maud Wilson Gilbert Hutchison, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

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:

KTY 09.10.2018

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', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', 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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