18th September 1941 485 Squadron Spitfire Vb AB903 OU-K P/O. Paget
Operation: Circus 99
Date: 18th September 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (motto: Ka whawhai tonu - 'We will fight on') 11 Group
Type: Spitfire Vb
Serial: AB903 *
Code: OU-K (Originally named Koepang later Otago II)
Base: RAF Redhill, Surrey
Location: English Channel ?
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Ian Paget NZ/402211 RNZAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 14:05 hrs. with 10 others to escort 11 Blenheim's who were on an operation to bomb a power station at Rouen, France.
The squadron were engaged by a large number of enemy aircraft. Nothing further was heard from AB903 and neither was the body of the pilot knowingly recovered.
Six Spitfires were shot down from various squadrons with 3 killed and 3 taken PoW.
* AP903 was built at the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Fitted with Merlin 45 engine and 8 .303 Browning machine guns in wings. Transferred from No. 9 Maintenance Unit to 485 squadron on the 02nd September 1941
Fl/Sgt. Arthur Ian Paget. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 63. Born on the 19th September 1917 at Waipukurau. A representative for Prudential Life Insurance prior to service. Enlisted on the 28th July 1940. Son of Arthur Ernest and Lizzie Frazer Paget (née Renton) of 19 Hawkin Street, Wellington, New Zealand. Credited with one enemy aircraft destroyed (shared) plus one damaged. Also served with 603 squadron after trying with 53 Operation Training Unit. A total of 308 flying hours logged and completed 48 operational sorties.
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: