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2 Service Flying Training School Vincent NZ354 LAC. Suisted

Operation: Training exercise

Date: 21st January 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 2 Service Flying Training School

Type: Vincent

Serial: NZ354

Code: -

Base: RNZAF Woodbourne

Location: Redwood Pass

Pilot: LAC. Guy Wilfred Suisted NZ/403123 RNZAF Age 22.Killed

Pilot: LAC. Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour NZ/402457 Age 21.Killed


Aircraft history:

This aircraft had previously been used by the RAF with the serial K6348 and flew with 55 Squadron RAF. It was assembled at No. 1 Aircraft Depot RNZAF and BOC Hobsonville on the 06th December 1939, and allocated to 2 SFTS, Woodbourne in 1940.

Vincent NZ354, took off at 08:30 hrs from Woodbourne for a reconnaissance report writing exercise LAC Gilmour was flying as navigator,

They encountered low cloud and fog and crashed at about 09:45 hrs some 100 feet from the top of a 1000 foothill, in the vicinity of Redwood Pass Road about 8 miles southeast of Blenheim.

NZ340 flown by LAC Llewellen suffered the same fate at 10:30 hrs.

Burial details:

LAC. Guy Wilfred Suisted. Wellington Crematorium (Karori). 153. B. Marble wall. Born on the 19th May 1918 on Wanganui. Educated at Wanganui Colleglate and Victoria University. Worked as a clerk for AMP Society in Wellington. Enlisted at Blenheim on the 17th August 1940. Trained with No. 3 Elementary Training School 29th September 1940. 1st solo on the 12th October 1940. With No. 2 Service Flying Training School 23rd November 1940. Pilot badge awarded on the 18th January 1941. Son of Charles Henry (died 26th February 1970, age 81) and Ellen Elizabeth Suisted (née Blythe - died 08th September 1963, age 79), of Wellington City, New Zealand.

LAC. Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour. Auckland Cemetery (Waikumete). Pbyn. Block D, Row 19, Grave 26. Born on the 07th June 1919 in Bondighen, Italy. Moved to New Zealand around 1920. Educated at Auckland Grammar. Worked as a warehouseman for Dental and MedicalSupply Company in Auckland. Enlisted at Whenuapai on the 0st September 1940. Trained with No. 3 Elementary Training School 29th September 1940. With No. 2 Service Flying Training School 23rd November 1940. Son of Dr.Walter Alison and Margaret MacLeod Gilmour (née MacLeod), of Auckland City, New Zealand.

L-R: rear; Suisted, Robertson, Peterson, Renolds, Brewer, Reader, Campbell, Cook, Fountaine, Gunn.
Centre; Cullinane, Pohe, McMurtrie, Cooper, Llewellyn, Sharp, Jones, Gilmour, Edmunds, Martin.
Front; Baker, Thompson, Sadler, Fish, Ford.

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”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below:

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