29.09.1941 No 59 Operational Training Unit Master III W8594 Sgt. Hillier
Date: 29th September 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 59 Operational Training Unit
Type: Miles Master III
Base: RAF Crosby-On-Eden, Cumberland
Location: Tarn Beck Fell
Pilot: Sgt. George Frederick Hillier NZ/402445 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During an air to air camera gun practice the pilot became lost during a heavy thunderstorm.
Weather conditions were described as cloudy with mist covering high ground, it is thought that he hit one of the peaks at 15:30 hrs whilst trying to fix his position and return to base.
Sgt. George Frederick Hillier. Carlisle Cemetery (Dalston Road). Ward 11. Section. P. Grave 19. Son of George Edward Lear Hillier and K. E. Hillier, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 184 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, also to David Cross who kindly visited his grave and took the photo for us - February 2019, other sources as quoted below: