21st November 1941 29 Squadron Beaufighter IF R2183 Sgt. Wilson
Date: 21st November 1941 (Friday)
Unit: No. 29 Squadron (motto: Impiger et Acer - 'Energetic and keen') 11 Group
Type: Beaufighter IF
Base: RAF West Malling, Kent
Location: Boxley Grange, Kent
Pilot: Sgt. Ralph Edmond Wilson NZ/404010 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Francis Paul Miller 550034 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
About to make a landing but at 14:30 flew into high ground in poor visibility.
Both crew members losing their lives.
Sgt. Ralph Edmond William Wilson (as listed on the CWGC). Maidstone Cemetery. Plot C.C.1. Grave 10. Born on the 15th April 1920 at Dunedin. Enlisted on the 27th October 1940. Son of Richard Victor and Gladys Mary Wilson (née Wallinton), of Lauder, Otago, New Zealand. Stepson of John Maurice Charles Brookdale Lauder. Note; his birth certificate does not show the name William and he served using Ralph Edmond Wilson. A total of 258 solo flying hors logged.
Sgt. Francis Paul Miller. Oxford Cemetery (Rose Hill). Sec. J. 3. Grave 128. Son of James Miller and of Frances Lilian Miller, of Headington, Oxford. Grave inscription: 'Eternal Rest Give Unto Him, O Lord; And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him'.
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: