Operation: Weather Test
Date: 25th September 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 245 Squadron (10 Group)
Type: Hurricane IIb
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.
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:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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