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Fighter Command Crest
28.08.1940 No. 7 OTU Spitfire I L1060 P/O. Macassey

Operation: Training

Date: 28th August 1940 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 7 Operational Training Unit (10 Group)

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: L1060

Code: 275

Base: RAF Hawarden, Flintshire

Location: Hoylake, Liverpool

Pilot: P/O. Michael Ernest Brian Macassey 42136 RAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training exercise the Spitfire stalled after going into a dive from around 2 - 3,000 ft and crashed into the water or onto the beach at Hoylake at 20:10 hrs.

Burial and personal details:

P/O. Michael Ernest Brian Macassey. Hawarden Churchyard (St. Deiniol).Born on the 25th January 1917 at Dunedin. Worked on his fathers farm prior to service. Selected for short service commission on the 15th November 1938. Had already accrued 20 flying hours and held an 'A' flying licence. Awarded his pilots badge on the 06th November 1939. Commenced conversion trains on the 21st August 1940. Son of James Ernest and Henriette Maren Tuchen Macassey (nee West), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 371 flying hours logged and had completed 2 operational sorties flying a Lysander with 13 Squadron.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:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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