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144 Squadron Hampden I AT155 Fl/Sgt. Liddell

Operation: Air test

Date: 12th April 1942

Unit: No. 144 Squadron (motto: 'Who shall stop'). 5 Group

Type: Hampden I

Serial: AT155

Code: PL-?

Base: RAF North Luffenham, Rutland

Location: Ridlington

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. David Lloyd Carnegy Liddell NZ/402877 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold William Everett 920700 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


Taking off from RAF North Luffenham on a night flying test. At 15:40 hrs. the aircraft crashed at location shown, We have not been able to establish the cause.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. David Lloyd Carnegy Liddell. North Luffenham Churchyard (St John The Baptist). Grave 8. Born at Gore on the South Island on the 11th July 1920. A clerk for the postal department prior to enlisting at Levin on the 01st September 1940. Awarded his pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 01st March 1942. Son of Andrew Liddell and of Winifred E. Liddell (née Grant), of Balfour, Southland, New Zealand. 366 Flying hours logged. Completed 6 operational sorties.

Sgt Harold William Everett. Camberwell New Cemetery. Square 90. Grave 7089. Son of William George (died 02nd September 1951) and Ruth Sophy Everett (died 03rd January 1974), of East Dulwich. His brother 26 year old, Sq/Ldr. Frank Edward 70209 RAFO also lost his life on the 09th October 1942. Buried at Bloemfontein (In Memoriam) Cemetery. Plot L. Grave 452 in South Africa.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to 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:

KTY 23-02-2021

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