Date: 30th September 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 1 Service Flying Training School (ITS)
Type: Oxford II
Base: RNZAF Wigram
Location: Oxford, New Zealand
Pilot: LAC. Denis Charles Joseph Mooney NZ/421749 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a solo training exercise. Whilst carrying out steep turns at 400 feet, lost height, stalled and spun into the ground north of Oxford at 14:40 hrs.
LAC. Denis Charles Joseph Mooney. Andersons Bay Cemetery. Grave 1-3.156. Born on the 06th October 1917 in Dunedin. Educated at St. Kevin's College in Oamaru. A journalist for the Evening tar in Dunedin. Enlisted at Rotorua as a pilot under training on the 08th March 1942. With No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School on the 02nd May 1942. No. 1 Service Flying Training School on the 25th July 1942 for training on the Oxford. A total of 75 solo hours with 34 on the Oxford.
Son of James and Anne Mooney, of Dunedin, New Zealand.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below:
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them. - Laurence
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