Date: 08th February 1945 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 2 Squadron (35 Wing, 84 Group - Shiny Two. Hereward – Guardian of the Army)
Type: Spitfire F.XIVE
Base: B.77 - Gilze-Rijen, Netherlands
Pilot: Fl/Lt. George Keith Malcolmson NZ/414315 RNZAF Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 08:39 hrs on an armed Reconnaissance operation over the Reichswald Forest area of Germany. Forced to return to the advanced landing ground due to poor visibility he became separated from his No 1. and ran low on fuel.
Decided to attempt an emergency landing at the advanced landing ground B.79 situated at Woensdrecht. But due to his fuel situation was forced to land in a field some 2 km short of the airfield. Whilst lining up during a last minute turn for the longest part of the field the Spitfire starboard wing struck the ground. The aircraft broke up during the impact with the pilot being killed.
Hans Onderwater MBE, the squadron historian, published the history of No II(AC) Squadron RFC/RAF, 1912-2018” is the definitive history of the Royal Air Force’s most senior squadron, containing hundreds of photos, facts and personal anecdotes from one of the oldest flying squadrons in the world.
Hans Onderwater MBE has written 25 books on WW2. Available via the Squadron website.
Fl/Lt. George Keith Malcolmson. Bergen Op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 6.F.1. Born on the 08th July 1915 at Timaru, the son of Robert Gavin Malcolmson and Margaret Jane Malcolmson (née Hole), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand and husband of Ena Wynne Malcolmson (née Williamson), of Riccarton, Christchurch. Prior to enlisting on the 27th July 1941 worked as a clerk for Royde Bros and Kirk. A total of 1269 flying hours logged.Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot only made possible to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, with thanks to Astrid for grave photograph, Robin Peirce (daughter of the pilot) for additional photographs, Hans Onderwater MBE (2 Squadron historian), Errol Martyn's publications are available via this link, other sources as quoted below. For further information on No. 2 Squadron please visit their website.
KTY - 26.11.2018
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