Date: 08/09th September 1942 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 15 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit - 21 Group
Type: Oxford I
Code: None issued
Base: RAF Leconsfield, Yorkshire
Location: RAF Kirmington
Pilot Inst: Sgt. Charles Glynn Jones NZ/413083 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
Pilot UT: Sgt. Morris Randolph Mitchell 605448 RAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off on a dual check flight at about 03:00 hrs when it failed to climb away and crashed a few minutes later into high ground South South East of airfield.
Both pilots were killed. Reports state that the pilot instructor, Sgt. Jones, was suffering fatigue after being overworked as the contributing factor into the cause of the accident.
Sgt. Charles Glynn Jones. Brigg Cemetery. Plot C. Grave 375. Son of Oscar Jones, and of Phyllis Gertrude Jones, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 450 flying hours logged with 309 of these solo and 266 on the Oxford.
Sgt. Morris Randolph Mitchell. Brigg Cemetery. Plot B. Uncons. Grave 186. Son of Dr. Morris Randolph Mitchell and Grace Lucille Mitchell (née Gates), of Van Nuys, California, USA. Grave inscription reads: 'That Freedom Might Live'.
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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