24th December 1941 254 Squadron Blenheim IVF L9313 Fl/Lt. Poynter
Operation: Transit Flight
Date: 24th December 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 254 Squadron 18 Group Coastal Command
Type: Blenheim IVF
Base: RAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire
Location: Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Dick Middleton Poynter NZ/39933 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
Obs: P/O. William Ronald Constable 101504 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2 Thomas Broom 1105527 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2 Ronald Frederick Watson 1175044 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at at 14:15 hrs and climbed to 150 ft. on a transit flight to Wick
The starboard engine then began to misfire with flames appearing around the cowling. These were extinguished but then the engine failed.
They continued to fly straight and level with the remaining engine. Then the aircraft stalled and crashed into the Pitmedden churchyard.
Some reports state that there had been one survivor, but we have no details of this.
Fl/Lt. Dick Middleton Poynter. Dyce Old Churchyard. Grave 21. Born on the 23rd November 1915 at Dunnevirke. Previous to service worked as an accountant for Burroughs Ltd at Wellington. Obtained his 'A' pilots licence 11th August 1938 with Wellington Aero Club. Enlisted on the 26th October 1939. Pilots badge awarded on the 27th March 1940 and promoted to sergeant. Awarded his commission on the 04th May 1940. Embarked for England on the 24th May 1940. Joined 254 squadron from No. 1 OTU in August 1940.Son of Frank Middleton Poynter and Ruby Maudine Poynter (nee Wellwood), of Tauranga, New Zealand. A total of 556 flying hors logged. On his 61st operational sortie.
P/O. William Ronald Constable. Crail Cemetery. Sec. F. Grave 28. Son of William Smith Constable and Annabella Constable and husband of Margaret J. F. Constable, of Crail. Grave inscription: 'Dearly Beloved Husband Of Margaret J.F.Anderson. Treasured Memories'.
AC.2 Thomas Broom. Manchester Cemetery (Philips Park). Sec. O. Church. Grave 559. Son of Thomas and Florence Broom, of Manchester. His brother, 31 year old James Carroll 3536146 2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps was killed on the 03rd November 1942.
AC.2 Ronald Frederick Watson. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 201. Son of Thomas Frederick and Maud Elizabeth Watson, husband of Gladys Pamela Watson, of Shepherds Bush, London. Grave inscription: 'Father, In Thy Gracious Keeping Leave We Now Thy Servant Sleeping'.
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, other sources as quoted below: