26th August 1941 61 OTU Master III W8583 Fl/Sgt. Whipps
Date: 26th August 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 61 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group
Type: Master III
Base: RAF Heston, Middlesex
Location: At base
Pilot Inst: Fl/Sgt. George Albert Whipps 741028 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Pilot U/T: Sgt. Ivan Leslie Jones NZ/404876 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Tragic training accident at RAF Heston. Whilst taxying the Master was struck by a Spitfire X4835 at 15:50 hrs. piloted by Sgt. Lambotte 1299897 RAFVR. Both of the Master crew were killed instantly. The spitfire pilot suffered severe injuries
Sgt. Andre Oscar Hyacinthe Lambotte recovered and returned to his training. Tragically on the 06th November 1941 he was also killed in a very similar accident when Sgt, M.C. Conway flying Spitfire AR233 landed on top of the Belgians Spitfire AR230. Sgt. Conway survived.
Fl/Sgt. George Albert Whipps. Theydon Bois Churchyard (St. Mary) Grave 294. Born on 15th January 1915 of Cheltenham, England. A former Battle of Britain pilot that served with 602 Squadron.
Sgt. Ivan Leslie Jones. Hounslow Cemetery. Plot D. Row B. Grave 3. Born 21 July 1918 at Wellington. Worked as a compositor forA. Gyles an sons prior to enlisting on the 01st December 1940. Son of Leslie Cornwall Jones and Alice Maud Jones (née Hemsley, of Karon, Wellington, New Zealand. Joined 61 OTU just 5 days previously on the 21st August 1941 for conversion to the Spitfire.
Sgt. Andre Oscar Hyacinthe Lambotte. Born 05th September 1917 at Ciney, Namur, Belgium. Initially buried Hounslow repatriated to Belgium on the 31st October 1949.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: