02/03.03.1943 No. 14 AFU Oxford I BG197 Sgt. George H. Mcilraith
Date: 02/03rd March 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 14 Advanced Flying Unit (21 Group)
Type: Airspeed Oxford I
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire
Location: Stark Holmes, Derbyshire
Pilot: Sgt. George Howard Mcilraith NZ/405803 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
With the great research carried out by Errol Martyn on the Royal New Zealand Airforce losses we have been able to compile this page. If you have further information and or photographs we would welcome contact from you.
Taking part in a solo cross country run when it appears he became disorientated whilst returning to the bas east of the crash site. At 00:25 hrs the aircraft hit some trees and crashed at Stark Holmes, Derbyshire killing the young pilot.
Sgt. George Howard Mcilraith. Ashbourne Cemetery. Sec A. Grave 353. Son of Robert and Ethel A. McIlraith, of Hakataramea, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 265 flying hours logged with 15 on the Oxford.
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: