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Transport Command Crest
16.06.1947 No. 1 Ferry Unit Mosquito T.III TV965 W/Cdr. Trousdale DFC Bar

Operation: Ferry flight / Training

Date: 16th June 1947 (Monday)

Unit: No. 1 Ferry Unit - 46 Group

Type: Mosquito T.III

Serial: TV965

Code: -

Base: RAF Pershore, Worcestershire

Location: Throckmorton, Worcestershire

Pilot: W/Cdr. Richard Macklow Trousdale DFC. Bar. NZ/2414 RNZAF Age 26. Killed

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Albert Cartledge White DFC. 46313 RAF Age 26. Killed


W/Cdr. Trousdale was undertaking refresher training in preparation for delivering a Mosquito to New Zealand. The instructing pilot had delivered a Mosquito on the 06th March and arriving on the 28th March earlier that year.

During finals to RAF Pershore with the port engine feathered the aircraft stalled and crashed into a field and burnt out. The cause was determined that the pilot had made one fatal error - to turn his aircraft to flight towards the 'dead' feathered engine, spinning them into the ground at 11:51 hrs - both experienced crew members killed instantly.

Burial details:

W/Cdr. Richard Macklow Trousdale DFC. Bar. Bath Cemetery (Haycombe) Plot 39. Sec. H. Row F. Son of Archibald and Clarice Rebecca Trousdale, of Howick, Auckland, New Zealand and husband of Dorothy Christine Trousdale, of Howick, New Zealand. During the war years he had served with 266 and 255 Squadrons with the RAF, 409 RCAF and 488 RNZAF. Several records - including the CWGC describe him incorrectly as a Squadron leader.

Fl/Lt. Albert Cartledge White DFC. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 100. Son of Frank and Martha Annie White and husband of Jean Theodora White (née Gilbert), of Stafford, England. Grave inscription reads: "Always Lovingly Remembered".

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:

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