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23rd November 1941 57 OTU Spitfire I X4850 Sgt. Wood

Operation: Training

Date: 23rd November 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 57 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: X4850

Code: LV-?

Base: RAF Hawarden, Flintshire

Location: Near Chester, England

Pilot: Sgt. Douglas Anthony Wither NZ/41973 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Not much detail as to cause of crash.

Taking part on a operational training exercise. At around 10:45 hrs crashed near Moston Hill Farm near Chester. The young New Zealand pilot was killed.

Burial details:

Sgt. Douglas Anthony Wither. Hawarden Churchyard, (St. Deinoil), Wales, North part. Born on the 07th May 1919 at Timaru. A clerk for the Standard Insurance Company prior to enlisting on the 09th February 1941. Son of Anthony John and Mary Elizabeth Wither (née Culley), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. 171 Flying hours logged.

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”, Mike McQuaid for grave photograph, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 09-01-2021

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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