Date: 08th of August 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 1435 Squadron (motto: Protect the right)
Type: Spitfire VB
Code: V (Blue 2)
Base: RAF Luqa, Malta
Location: Mediterranean Sea
Pilot: Sgt. Clarence Lloyd Kelly NZ/39559 RNZAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Weather report: Fine, visibility 10-15 miles.
Taking off at 10:20 hrs. with others to intercept an incoming raid.
During an engagement with enemy fighters shot down and crashed into the sea. Despite an extensive search over a wide area, no trace of the pilot was found.
Burial and personal details:
Sgt. Clarence Lloyd Kelly. Malta Memorial. Panel 5, Column 2. Born on the 22nd May 1921 at Leamington, Cambridge. Worked as a drapers assistant for the Auckland Farmers Co-op. Enlisted as an Aircraft-hand on the 20th September 1939 at Ohakea. Obtained pilots badge and the rank of sergeant on the 07th November 1941 after training in Canada. Son of Clarence John Kelly and of Kathrine Jessie Kelly (née Hall), of Leamington, Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand. Conversion training at 59 Operational Training Unit from 29th December 1941 - 01st February 1942. Joined 167 Squadron on the 17th April 1942 then to 1435 Flight (later designated as a Squadron) 263 Flying hours logged and having completed 5 operational sorties. Flew Spitfire VB EP260 off HMS. Eagle to Malta on the 20th July 1942.
Further detailed information can be read on Debbie McCauley's page.Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to, Debbie McCauley, Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: