Date: 11/12th August 1944 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. No. 2 Support Unit. 2 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force
Type: Mosquito FB.VII
Base: RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk
Location: North East Shepherds Grove airfield
Pilot: F/O. Geoffrey Neville Muirson NZ/421523 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
Nav: F/O. Robert Bavin Graham NZ/414282 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a cross country exercise reported that the starboard engine was overheating and whilst making an emergency approach to RAF Shepherds Grove crashed on the crosswind leg at 00:13 hrs. Both crew killed.
F/O. Geoffrey Neville Muirson. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 14303. Born on the 14th March 1922 at Christchurch. aWorked for Christchurch City Council as a clerk prior to service. Enlisted on the 27th February 1942 at Rongata. Awarded pilots badge and commissioned on the 09th July 1943. Son of Francis Duncan Muirson and Hildred Ivy Muirson (née West), of New Brighton, Auckland, New Zealand. 411 flying hours logged with 67 on the Mosquito.
F/O. Robert Bavin Graham. Cambridge City Cemetery . Grave 14303. Born on the 25th June 1920 at Auckland. Worked for Armstrong and Springhall as a typewriter mechanic prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 27th July 1941. Awarded his observers badge and promoted to sergeant on the 04th July 1942. Served with 8 squadron RCAF with Western Air Command at Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Commissioned 25th May 1943. Embarked for UK on the 24th November 1943. Son of R. E. Graham, and Margaret Graham (née Bavin), of Auckland City, New Zealand and husband of Sheila Mary Graham (née Gregory), of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 401 flying hours logged. Completed 10 operational sorties with 8 squadron in Canada.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew 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:
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them. - Laurence
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