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    Default LAC Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour RNZAF

    He was from Auckland and his service number was 402457. I have details that he was 21 years old when killed on 21 January 1941 when the aircraft in which he flying in on a training flight crashed into a hill near Blenheim in foggy conditions.

    Can anybody identify his unit, type of aircraft and what role was he training up for?

    His brother Walter was killed, serving as a Captain with the New Zealand Medical Corps in the Western Desert, later the same year.

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    Default Lac A.v.m. Gilmour - Nz402457

    Errol,
    FYT1-107. Leave response on this thread to you.
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    Henk.

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    Malcolm,

    From Vol One of my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915':

    Tue 21 Jan 1941
    New Zealand
    Reconnaissance report writing exercise
    2 Service Flying Training School (ATS), RNZAF (Woodbourne)
    Vincent NZ354 - took off at 0830, but encountered low cloud and fog and crashed at about 0945 some 100 feet from the top of a 1000 foot hill, in the vicinity of Redwood Pass Road about 8 miles SE of Blenheim. The two airmen are buried at Wellington and Auckland, respectively.
    Pilot: NZ403123 LAC Guy Wilfrid SUISTED, RNZAF - Age 22. 102hrs (27 solo on Vincent)
    (Pilot): NZ402457 LAC Angus Victor Macleod GILMOUR, RNZAF - Age 21.
    Gilmour was acting as navigator for the exercise.

    2 Service Flying Training School (ATS), RNZAF (Woodbourne)
    Vincent NZ340 - took off at 1000 on the same exercise as the above and encountered similar weather. NZ340 crashed and caught fire at about 1030 some 25 feet from the top of a 2000 foot hill in the vicinity of Weld Pass, about 7 miles SW of Blenheim. The two airmen are buried at Wellington and Dargaville respectively.
    Pilot: NZ402898 LAC William Frederick READER, RNZAF - Age 21. 115hrs (24 solo on Vincent)
    (Pilot): NZ402878 LAC Rodney Albert LLEWELLYN, RNZAF - Age 20.
    Llewellyn was acting as navigator for the exercise.
    All four of the above pilots had been awarded their Flying Badges with effect from 18 January.

    And bio details to appear in Vol Three:

    GILMOUR, LAC Angus Victor Macleod.
    NZ402457 (prev. A402457);
    b Bordighera, Liguria, Italy 7 Jun 19;
    to NZ c.1920;
    Auckland Grammar;
    warehouseman - Dental & Medical Supply Co, Auckland.
    RNZAF Whenuapai/NZGR Sqn as Aircrafthand (AMD) 15 Jul 40,
    remust as Airman Pilot u/t & ITW 1 Sep 40,
    3EFTS 29 Sep 40,
    2FTS (Vincent) 23 Nov 40,
    Pilot Badge 18 Jan 41,
    kaa 21 Jan 41.
    Auckland (Waikumete) Cemetery - D.19.26.
    Son of Dr Walter Gilmour & Mrs Margaret MacLeod Gilmour (née Macleod), Auckland.
    [phot. TWN 29.1.41].

    Errol

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    Thanks for a most comprehensive reply Errol, much more than I anticipated but most welcome indeed!

    Regards
    Malcolm

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