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    Default Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to find some information regarding Flying Officer Wilfred Thomas Everist, the following is taken from the CWGC website;

    Service Number 39909
    Died 11/06/1941
    Aged 23
    258 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Everist.

    I understand that 258 Sqn were flying Spits by this time after starting with Hurricanes.

    If anybody can find any further information it would be very much appreciated please.

    Regards Tom

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    Default Re: Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Hello ,

    Hurricane Mk II
    Z3269
    E
    P/O W T Everist
    Rhubarb

    Regards
    Alain12

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    Default Re: Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Tom,

    From my For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)

    EVERIST, Flying Officer Wilfred Thomas.
    NZ39909 (prev A39909); b Chch 4 Jun 18; Christ's Coll, Chch (Rowing IV); audit inspector - Govt Audit Dept, Wgtn. RNZAF Civil Reserve Pilot/Wgtn Aero Club 10 Jun 39, [flew 13 hrs prior RNZAF]; RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 26 Oct 39, 1EFTS 21 Nov 39, 1FTS 16 Jan 40, slightly inj in a/c acc 12 Apr 40, Pilots Badge [wef 21.3.40] & Sgt/Comm 4 May 40, att RAF & emb for UK 11 Aug 40, 1 Depôt 30 Sep 40, 7OTU [redesignated 57OTU 1.11.40] (Spitfire) 19 Oct 40, 258 Sqn (Hurricane - 49 ops) 4 Dec 40, kao 11 Jun 41. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 63. Son of William Maurice Lissam & Mary Frederica Everist (née Anthony), Cashmere Hills, Chch. [phot. TWN 24.4.40 & 2.7.41].

    And from Vol One (Fates 1915-1942):

    Wed 11 Jun 1941
    Fighter Command
    ‘Rhubarb’ - low level patrol over France
    258 Squadron, RAF (Redhill, Surrey - 11 Group)
    Hurricane IIB Z3269/E (a presentation machine named Conqueror) - took off at 1250 with five others, operating in three sections of two, and believed shot down into the sea during an engagement with enemy fighters over the northern coast of Pas de Calais. The pilot is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: NZ39909 Fg Off Wilfred Thomas EVERIST, RNZAF - Age 23. 333hrs. 49th op.

    Errol

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    Default Re: Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Alain and Errol,

    Thank you so much for the information, it was so much more than I could have hoped for. Much appreciated!

    Regards Tom

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    Default Re: Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Hi guys

    I have a note that shortly before he was shot down and killed on 11 June 1941, he shared in the claimed shooting down of a Bf109 with fellow New Zealander Plt Off Bruce McAlister.
    Hope this helps.

    Cheers
    Brian
    Last edited by brian; 21st June 2020 at 15:27.

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    Default Re: Flying Officer EVERIST, WILFRED Thomas - 258 Sqn - died 11/06/1941

    Thank you Brian,

    Much appreciated 👍

    Regards Tom

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