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253 Squadron Crest
14.08.1942 No. 253 Squadron Hurricane IIc Z3261 P/O. McCarthy

Operation: Training

Date: 14th August 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. 253 Squadron. 12 Group (Motto: Come one, Come all')

Type: Hurricane IIc

Serial: Z3261

Code: SW-?

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.

Burial details:

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:

KTY 25.07.2019

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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