12.10.1941 16 Elementary Flying School Magister I N5417 LAC. Eric W. Pierce
Date: 12th October 1941 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 16 Elementary Flying School
Type: Miles Magister I
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Burnaston, Derby
Location: Broken Flats Farm, Repton, Derbyshire
Pilot: LAC. Eric Walter Pierce 1384107 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
At approximately 14:30 hrs, he was on 'Solo Aerobatics' duty, when the aircraft stalled and spun into the ground from about 1,000 feet into a field at Broken Flats Farm, Repton, Derbyshire.
The cause of the accident was engine failure in flight. It is possible that he had inadvertently stopped the airscrew. An eyewitness statement said that it appeared that he was carrying out a forced landing with a stopped airscrew.
Eric Walter Pierce had been a junior player with the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and is remembered on on the Dulwich Hamlet 'Roll of Honour' at the Club's boardroom.
Above: Morden Cemetery and grave (courtesy Stephen Hunnisett)
LAC. Eric Walter Pierce. Morden Cemetery. Sec. G.4. Grave 5564. Son of Walter Herbert and Florence Mary Pierce, of 150 Aragon Road, Morden, Surrey, England. Grave inscription reads: “To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Love Is Not To Die.”
Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered, December 2016, thanks also to Gavin Heaton who contacted us in January 2017. Page dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Air Historical Branch and sources as quoted below: