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19 Squadron Crest
18.01.1943 No. 19 Squadron Spitfire Vb EP603 Sgt. Sloan

Operation: Roadstead

Date: 18th January 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 19 Squadron. 10 Group. 9motto: (motto: Possunt quia posse videntur - 'They can because they think they can)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: EP603

Code: QV-?

Base: RAF Perranporth, Cornwall

Location: English Channel, north of Ushant

Pilot: Sgt. William Harkness Sloan NZ/413133 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed


Taking off at 13:50 hrs with others from the squadron to escort Whirlwinds over France.

During combat with enemy fighters, contact was lost north of Ushant in the English Channel.

Pilot commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

Sgt Alan Glover flying Spitfire Vb EP756 was injured during the same combat but managed to return to base.

Above: Runnymede Memorial Panel 200. Also shown is 23 year old, Sgt. Sclater NZ/411945 RNZAF lost on 279 Squadron Hudson III V9031 OS-A off Lizard, Cornwall. All four crew missing believed killed at around 19:13 hrs. during an Air-Sea rescue operation from Coastal Command.

Burial details:

Sgt. William Harkness Sloan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 200. Born on the 19th February 1921 at Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, (moved to New Zealand in 1922) the son of Samuel and Susanna Henderson Sloan (née Kemohan), of Levin, Wellington, New Zealand. Worked as a civil seer and for the Department of Agriculture, Wellington prior to service . 395 Flying hors logged and completed 67 operational sorties.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 09.09.2019

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