03.10.1941 No 610 Squadron Spitfire IUIa P7839 Sgt. Taylor
Date: 03rd October 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 610 Squadron. 12 Group. (motto: Alifero tollitur axe ceres - 'Ceres rising in a winged chariot')
Type: Spitfire IIa
Code: DW-? 'City Of Derry'
Base: RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire
Location: Bewholme, Yorkshire
Pilot: Sgt. Andrew Albert Taylor NZ/402911 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During formation flying practice at 11:45 hrs lost height whilst in a§ steep turn. Following this the aircraft entered into a steep dive at crashed a mile north north west of Bewholme.
It is thought that the accident may have been caused by some form of incapacitation possibly from oxygen failure.
Sgt. Andrew Albert Taylor. Leconfield Churchyard (St. Catherine). Row B. Grave 7. Born on the 29th May 1920 at Wanganui, the son of George William and Florence Gertrude Taylor (née Staite), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand. A clerk working for the Wanganui Chronicle prior to service. A total of 243 flying hours logged. Completed 3 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, we also recommend reading the articles on Aircraft accident in Yorkshire, other sources as quoted below: