Date: 27th December 1943 (Monday)
Unit: No. 55 Operational Training Unit. 9 Group
Type: Hurricane X
Base: RAF Annan, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
Location: Hawksdale, Cumberland
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Owen Ernest Dudley Louden NZ/427044 RNZAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at around 09:30 hrs on a sector reconnaissance and dog fight practice.
Fl/Sgt. Louden had completed one dog fight practice and commenced another with 19 year old F/O. Cleworth J/27208 RCAF flying Hurricane I V7010. During the practice the two aircraft collided in mid air at 10:30 hrs.
Both pilots lost their lives when they came down in the Hawksdale area.
Burial an personal details:
Fl/Sgt. Owen Ernest Dudley Louden. Silloth Cemetery (Causewayhead). Sec. R. Grave 16. Born on the 19th January 1924 at Hamilton. An assistant draughtsman for Waikato EPB of Hamilton prior to service. Enlisted on the 11th July 1942. Son of John Frederick (died 21st November 1967, age 78) and Elsie Louden (née Booth - died 05th August 1970, age 76), of Hamilton, Brother of Rona Florence Louden (died 21st January 1990, age 74). 378 flying hours logged.
F/O. Stanley Franklin Cleworth. Silloth Cemetery (Causewayhead). Sec. R. Grave 18. Born on the 11 March 1924 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A student prior to enlisting on the 17th April 1942 in Toronto. Son of Charles Warburton Ingle Cleworth and Ethel May Cleworth, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: 'God Made Trial Of Them And Found Them Worthy Of Himself'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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