15.07.1942 No. 486 Squadron Hurricane IIb BD725 SA-J P/O. Irvine DFM
Operation: Army Co-operation exercise - 'Limpet'
Date: 15th July 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 486 Squadron (12 Group)
Type: Hurricane IIb
Base: RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire/Cambridgeshire
Location: 5 miles South West Sudbury, England
Pilot: P/O. Ian Hamilton Irvine DFM. NZ/402191 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training exercise and after completing a dummy attack on an army column struck trees while pulling up in a climbing turn. The Hurricane pilot was killed when the aircraft dived into the ground at 12:00 hrs and caught fire.
P/O. Ian Hamilton Irvine DFM. Wittering Churchyard (All Saints) Row B. Grave 1. Son of Francis Andrew Henry and Felicia Lillian Irvine, of of Howick, Auckland, New Zealand. A very experience pilot with 572 flying hours logged, 99 of these on this type. Had taken part on at least 105 operational sorties.
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: