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15.10.1942 No. 11 Operational Training Unit Wellington IC DV717 Sgt. Kirby

Operation: Training

Date: 15th October 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 11 Operational Training Unit (92 Group)

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: DV717

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Westcott, Buckinghamshire

Location: Breck's Farm, Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire

Pilot: Sgt. Vincent Xavier Kirby NZ/414640 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Richard John Fuller NZ/411969 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. John Llewellyn Lloyd NZ/413438 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Alexander McCord NZ/413264 RNZAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ivan Raymond Styles NZ/413282 RNZAF Age 27. Killed


Taking part in a night cross country training exercise when it dived through cloud and into the ground at 20:55 hrs at location stated.

No further details on this loss and we welcome any new information. This is just one of the many of 'thousands' killed during training for Bomber Command - many of these boys losses are not recorded currently for internet research, we are trying to address this.

Burial details:

Sgt. Vincent Xavier Kirby. Ollerton Cemetery. R.C. portion. Grave 799. Son of Alban Michael and Theresa Ellen Kirby, of Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 336 flying hours logged.

Sgt. Richard John Fuller. Ollerton Cemetery. R.C. portion. Grave 825. Son of Richard Haddock Fuller and of Eugenee Frances Fuller (née Paitry) of Ngaruawahia, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 174 flying hours logged.

Sgt. John Llewellyn LLoyd. Ollerton Cemetery. Consecrated Portion. Grave 1203. Son of Enoch Llewellyn Lloyd and Maud Lloyd, of Caversham, Otago, New Zealand.

Sgt. Edward Alexander McCord. Ardagh Cemetery County Longford. Grave B.16. Born on the 15th November 1915 at Loughill, the son of John and Frances Maria McCord, of Ardagh, Republic of Ireland. He had emigrated to New Zealand just 4 years previously. His grave inscription reads: "Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends".

Sgt. Ivan Raymond Styles. Ollerton Cemetery. Consecrated Portion. Grave 1179. Son of Horace Alfred Styles and of Louisa Styles (née Black), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and nephew of Margaret E. Johnson, of Dunedin. A total of 79 flying hours logged and completed 1 operation.

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:

KTY - 14.12.2017

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