14.08.1942 No. 253 Squadron Hurricane IIc Z3261 P/O. McCarthy
Date: 14th August 1942 (Friday)
Unit: No. 253 Squadron. 12 Group (Motto: Come one, Come all')
Type: Hurricane IIc
Base: RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire
Location: Tetney, Lincolnshire
Pilot: P/O. Lloyd Henry Roper McCarthy NZ/404612 RNZAF Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During Interception practice at 15:30 hrs made a steep climbing turn at 3,000 ft and entered into a spin. The pilot managed to make a recovery at 1,000 ft but the aircraft then entered a spin in the opposite direction with the Hurricane crashing at location shown - killing the New Zealand pilot.
P/O. Lloyd Henry Roper McCarthy. Kirton-in-Lindsey. Block A. grave 199. Born on the 13th November 1912 at Wellington, the son of Hugh Donald and Alice Maud Ann McCarthy (née Collins), Te Aroha, Auckland, New Zealand. 10 operational sorties. A total of 384 flying hours logged with 240 of these solo - 254 on the Hurricane.
His older brother was Winston McCarthy 1940-1960 rugby commentator (known as the 'Voice of New Zealand Rugby'). Served as a Lt. during the war with Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Passed away on the 02nd January 1984 age 76. Winston had also written some four books including "Haka: All Blacks' Story".
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: