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15th November 1944 485 Squadron Spitfire LF.IX NH364 P/O. Mcinnes

Operation: Training

Date: 15th November 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 485 Squadron (motto: Ka whawhai tonu - 'We will fight on') 11 Group

Type: Spitfire LF.IX

Serial: NH364

Code: OU-?

Base: RAF Fairwood Common, Glamorgan

Location: Swansea Bay

Pilot: P/O. Clinton Mcinnes NZ/416511 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed


Taking part in low level bombing over the Morgan range, together with air to ground firing practice.

Began a slow roll at a very low altitude while waiting to carry out the practice.

He then crashed into Swansea Bat about 300 yards rom Port Talbot. The body of the young but experienced pilot was never found.

485 Squadron 1941: L-R: Unknown Adjutant's Assistant; Douglas Forrester Clarke DFC, AFC, CdeG(Belg) Died 20 March 2006, Leslie Samuel McQueen White DFC, John Francis Pym Yeatman DFC, Allan Bennetto Stead DFC killed 06th January 1945, Herbert William Bernard Patterson, Lindsey Stuart Black DFC (Flight Commander), Marcus William Bower Knight DFC, LoMO *(Commanding Officer), Owen Leslie Hardy DFC (Flight Commander), Frank Transom, Terrence Stephen Franklin Kearins, Desmond Xavier O'Halloran Died 17 December 2008, Desmond Roberts, Keith James Macdonald DFC, Clinton McInnes Died 15 November 1944, Maxwell Amner Collett mid

Burial details:

P/O. Clinton Mcinnes. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 263. Born on the 25th August 1922 at Auckland. Prior to service Worked as a Process Engraver for Illustrations Ltd. Enlisted on the 30th November 1941. Son of Duncan and Gretchen Mcinnes (née Arnold - later Wilson) of Greenland, Auckland. Husband of Mona Mcinnes (née Pickles) of Kingsbury, London, England. 620 solo flying hours logged with 240 on the Spitfire. 91 operational sorties completed.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 12.01.2021

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