Date: 25th February 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (Ka whawhai tonu - We will fight on)
Type: Miles Magister I
Code: OU-Not known
Base: RAF Kenley, Surrey
Location: Three Bridges, Surrey
Pilot: Sgt. Arnold George McNeil NZ/41484 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. James Joseph Burke NZ/41307 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a local flying practice and instruction training sortie the Magister stalled whilst at low level and crashed into trees at 15:45 hrs.
Both pilots were killed with the aircraft catching fire on impact.
Sgt. Arnold George McNeil. Whytleafe Churchyard (St. Luke). Row 1. Grave 28. Born on the 09th December 1919 the son of William McNeil, and of Emily McNeil (née Burgess), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. 207 flying hours logged.
Sgt. James Joseph Burke. Whytleafe Churchyard (St. Luke). Row 1. Grave 27. Son of Patrick Burke, and of Annie Burke (née Maher), of Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand. 228 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these New Zealand pilots with thanks to sources as quoted below but also to Errol Martyn - For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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