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26.09.1941 No. 58 OTU Spitfire R6983 Sgt. Taylor

Operation: Training

Date: 26th September 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 58 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: R6983

Base: R.A.F. Grangemouth, Scotland

Location: Bengengie Hill, near Alloa, Clackmannan-shire

Pilot: Sgt. George Gordon Taylor R/60451 R.C.A.F. Age 20. Killed


During a training exercise Spitfire I R6983 disappeared and despite various searches, nothing could be found.

Not until three days later when the Spitfire was discovered on the hillside on Monday, the 29th September 1941. The pilot dead in the wreckage.


             Grangemouth during war years (courtesy 1333 Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron)


Left and above: Grangemouth cemetery (photographed by Aircrew Remembered)

Burial Details:

Sgt. George Gordon Taylor. Grangemouth (Grandsable) Cemetery. Sec 1. Grave 18. Son of Gilbert Oscar Taylor, and of Ina Sutherland Taylor (nee Willett), brother to Walter (serving in the R.C.A.F. as a logistics Office) and Robert (later a R.C.A.F . pilot in Ferry Command) Phyllis and Eveleyn (his sister, a nurse) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Worked at the Royal Band after graduating from Central High School. Trained at No. 11 Service Flying Training School in Yorktown, Saskatchewan prior to embarking for the U.K and conversion to the Spitfire.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied The 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(Grave photographs available free at a higher resolution than shown to any relative or friend on request)

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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