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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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4 OTU (NZ) P-40 Warhawk P/O. Neville Benton Quigley

Operation: Formation training

Date: 21st March 1945 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 4 Operational Training Unit (NZ)

Type: P-40 Warhawk

Serial: NZ3141 / NZ3110

Code: N / M

Base: RNZAF Ohakea, New Zealand

Location: At airfield

Pilot: P/O. Neville Benton Quigley NZ/436693 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

Pilot: Sgt. Frank Ernest Rout NZ/435997 RNZAF Age 20. Killed


Sgt. Rout was flying as 'No. 2' at 09:20 hrs. was about to cross over on joining the formation at 1,000ft. when struck by 'No. 3' (NZ3141) passing underneath, its pilot having lost sight of 'No 2' during a climbing turn. The two momentarily locked together.

NZ3110 then being seen in a controlled glide after recovering from a dive. The pilot made a forced landing in a stream 5 miles southwest of the airfield, but apparently his safety harness broke and he was killed hitting his head on the gunsite. P/O. Quigley was killed after his Warhawk hit the ground.

Burial and other details:

P/O. Neville Benton Quigley. Napier Cemetery (Park Island). Grave Ang. Sec. 13.46. Born at Hastings on the 12th November 1924. Educated at Napier Intermediate School and at Napier Boys High School. Enlisted in May 1943. Trained in Canada. Awarded the pilot's badge on the 22nd September 1944.

Son of Frank Martin Quigley (died 23rd February 1943, age 52) and Cora Cecilia Quigley (née Benton - died 1969 age 75), of 4 MacDonald Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Sgt. Frank Ernest Rout. Palmerston North Cemetery (Kelvin Grove). Grave 19.3.D. Born In Ashurst on 5th October, 1924 Frank Rout was educated at Palmerston North Boys' High School. Enlisted on the16th April, 1943. Trained in Canada. Awarded the flying badge and promoted to Sergeant on 22nd September 1944.

Son of Ernest (died 01st September 1972 age78) and Winnifred Fanny Rout (died 11th January 1968 age 73), of Slacks Road, Awapuni, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, New Zealand Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland.

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