Date: 28th July 1943 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 20 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit. 23 Group
Type: Oxford I
Base: RAF Kidlington - Satellite: Weston-on-the-Green
Location: Lytham Farm, Oxfordshire
Pilot: Sgt. George White NZ/421121 RNZAF Age 32. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from Weston-on-the-Green at 02:00 hrs on a solo night training exercise.
Flew into trees and caught fire at location shown probably while descending through low clouds.
Sgt. George White. Botley Cemetery. Plot 1/2 Grave 32. Born on the 29th May 1911 at Glasgow, Scotland. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1929. Worked as a traveller for AMP Society at Wellington prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 08th February 1942. Awarded pilots badge on the 30th November 1942 and promoted to sergeant on the 08th February 1943. Embarked for England on the 09th March 1943. Son of Arthur and Margaret White (nee Jamieson). Husband of Mona White (nee Cooper - later McGregor), of 10 Epuni Street, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 302 flying hours logged with 114 solo on the Oxford.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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, other sources as quoted below:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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