406 Squadron Mosquito NF.30 MM740 F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick
Operation: Intruder Patrol
Date: 23/24th March 1945 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 406 Squadron (motto: 'We Kill By Night') 12 Wing. 10 Group
Type: Mosquito NF.30
Serial: MM740 (1)
Base: RAF Manston, Kent
Location: Gammelke, Overijssel, Netherlands
Pilot: F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick J/86304 RCAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: F/O. Reginald Arthur Henry Allen J/85623 RCAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 20:15 hrs on an evening intruder operation in the Twente area, one of five this night.
Weather conditions were described as 'bright and fair'.
Mosquito MM740 failed to return but we have been unable to discover the cause. No night fighter or anti-aircraft batteries have listed the as a claim.
(1) note: the squadron operational records list the aircraft as MM744 - this aircraft was allocated to 410 squadron
The fine memoir' placed for the crew, it seems that they also went by the squadron ORB for serial number.
F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick. Weerselo Roman Catholic Cemetery. Plot. Row 17. Grave F. Born on the 03d April 1921 in Winnipeg. A student prior to service. Enlisted on the 31st August 1939. Son of Charles Frederick (died 04th April 1979, age 90) and Wilhelmina Kilpatrick (née Shaw - died 19th March 1988, age 88), of 263 Centennia Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Brother of Wilhelmina. Epitaph: 'John Iii.16. For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son'.
Kilpatrick Lake southwest of Nieltin Lake was named after F/O. William Kilpatrick in 1975.
F/O. Reginald Arthur Henry Allen. Weerselo Roman Catholic Cemetery. Plot. Row 17. Grave G. Born on the 17th April 1921 in Vancouver. A delivery clerk prior to service. Son of Reginald George (died 20th March 1963, age 67) and Alice Louisa Allen (née Bleay - died 25th April 1990, age 92), of 3895 Oxford Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. East. Brother of Alice George and Joan Mary. Epitaph: 'To Live In The Hearts Of The Ones We Love Is Not To Die'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archives Kew, Air-27-1791-87/88. Paradie RCAF Archive, Kracker Luftwaffe Archive, Government of Canada.
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