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610 Squadron Crest
03.10.1941 No 610 Squadron Spitfire IUIa P7839 Sgt. Taylor

Operation: Training

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

Serial: P7839

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.

Burial details:

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:

KTY 15.08.2019

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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