04.10.1941 Detachment Flight Moth DH60 NZ552 P/O. Williams
Date: 04th October 1941 (Saturday)
Unit: Detachment Flight (4 Squadron)
Type: DH60M Tiger Moth
Code: NZ-1 (ZK-AFR)
Base: Nandi Airfield, Nadi, Fiji
Location: Nadi Bay, Fiji
Pilot: P/O. Ronald Leon Giles Williams NZ/404435 RNZAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed
Safety Pilot: P/O. Francis Soltau Pillans NZ/404940 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On an instrument flying exercise. The aircraft was seen flying at 11:45 hrs on a steady course at 2,000 ft over NadiBay. Suddenly the aircraft took a nose down attitude and dived straight into the Bay. No explanation has been found as to the cause.
Although at the time Vincent NZ358 was testing its guns in the same area and the possibility exists that perhaps a stray bullet may have hit the pilot.
With thanks to Errol Martyn for this information.
P/O. Ronald Leon Giles Williams. Bourail Memorial. Panel 5. Son of Arthur Giles Williams and Edith Jean Williams, of Wellington City, New Zealand. Total flying hours logged 92 solo with 56 on this type.
Safety Pilot: P/O. Francis Soltau Pillans. Suva Military Cemetery Grave 13.181. Born on the 21st November 1914 , the son of William Soltau Pillans and Emily Pillans, of Tauranga, Auckland, New Zealand. Total flying hours logged 272.
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: