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    Hi all,

    I've been cleaning out my PC and found the following notes in a file, the only connection I can see being 57 OTU.

    Can anyone shed any light on the cause of death of these men and any other details?

    MACHÁLEK Jan, Sgt, 787862 , 57 OTU, cet./R/mjr.
    * 03/08/21, Kunovice /Uherské Hradište/ , Pilot
    + 28/10/42

    CLEMENTS, Flt Sgt Clement Frederick, NZ414592, RNZAF - Spitfire Pilot
    57 OTU, RAF - 7 Jul 1943 (Age 21); England.

    HULTON, Sgt Fergus, NZ416496, RNZAF - Spitfire Pilot
    57 OTU, RAF - 5 May 1943 (Age 19); England.

    McJENNETT, Plt Off Frank George Andrew, NZ401348, RNZAF - Spitfire Pilot
    57 OTU, RAF - 23 Apr 1944 (Age 21); England.

    WARD, Wt Off Bryan, NZ403484, RNZAF - Spitfire Pilot
    57 OTU, RAF - 5 Jul 1944 (Age 24); France.

    WITHER, Sgt Douglas Anthony, NZ41973, RNZAF - Spitfire Pilot
    57 OTU, RAF - 23 Nov 1941 (Age 22); Wales.

    Thanks
    Jim Corbett

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    Hi Jim,

    I can provide you details about Machalek if you want:

    MACHÁLEK Jan
    787 862
    Sgt
    57 OTU
    03/08/1921 Kunovice (Uherské Hradiště)
    28/10/1942
    Hawarden-Flintshire, Chester, Cheshire, Wales, 4-G-36.
    Hi died of wounds suffered on 26.10.42. During training flight engine of his Spitfiru Mk.IIA P8040 cut off and pilot was gliding. Just before the landing he tried to avoid some buildings, lost speed and crashed near Lower Hall Farm, Picton, Cheshire.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Jim

    Clements Spitfire R6813 collision Blagdon Hall Morpeth, Numb
    Hulton Hurricane AG111 collision Doddington, Wooler, Numb
    McJennett death registered at Basingstoke NFD
    Ward ?
    Wither Spitfire X4850 unknown cause Moston Hill Farm, Moston, Chesh

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    Jim,

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

    Wed 7 Jul 1943
    FIGHTER COMMAND
    Air combat practice
    57 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Eshott, Northumberland - 9 Group)
    Spitfire I R6813 - while executing an evasive manśuvre 7 miles south of the airfield at 1100, collided with another of the Unit’s Spitfire Is (R7067) and crashed near Blagden Hall, a mile SE of Morpeth. The pilot is buried at Harrogate, Yorkshire. Although damaged in the collision, R7067 made a successful wheels-up landing without injury to its pilot.
    Pilot: NZ414592 Flt Sgt Clement Frederick CLEMENTS, RNZAF - Age 21. 466hrs (24 on Spitfire)

    Wed 5 May 1943
    FIGHTER COMMAND
    Training
    57 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Eshott, Northumberland - 9 Group)
    Spitfire IIA P7902 - one of a formation of Spitfires which at 1500 was ‘bounced’ by a number of Hurricanes from 59 OTU. In the męlée that followed P7902 collided with Hurricane I AG111, both crashing near Wooler, 23 miles NW of Eshott. The Spitfire pilot was buried on the 10th at East Chevington, about 4 miles west of Eshott.
    Pilot: NZ416496 Sgt Fergus HULTON, RNZAF - Age 19. 294hrs (33 on Spitfire)
    [And update from Vol 3: Crashed into a bog close to a dry stone wall at Doddington Hill, near Wooler. Both pilots died, the Hurricane crashing onto Horton Moor near Doddington.]

    Sat 22/Sun 23 Apr 1944
    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE
    Training
    107 Squadron, RAF (Lasham, Hampshire - 138 Airfield HQ, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Mosquito FB.VI HX854 - contrary to normal practice, taxyed out to the runway with landing lights on and took off with them still displayed at about 0140. A few moments later spun in and crashed amongst trees at Moundsmere Manor, near Preston Candover, 4˝ miles west of the airfield. The two crew are buried at Brookwood.
    Pilot: NZ401348 Plt Off Frank George Andrew McJENNETT, RNZAF - Age 21. 711hrs (17 solo on Mosquito)
    [Note: posted to 57 OTU 22 Sep 42 then 12(P)AFU (Oxford) 24 Nov 42]

    Tue 4/Wed 5 Jul 1944
    BOMBER COMMAND
    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE
    Intruder operations against road and rail movements in Western France...
    487 Squadron, RNZAF (Thorney Island, Sussex - 140 Wing, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Mosquito FB.VI HX917/E - brought down in flames near the village of Donnemain-St-Mamčs, 4km NW of Châteaudun, the Mosquito passing low over the village before it crashed. Both crew died when their parachutes failed to deploy in time, and are buried at Donnemain-St-Mamčs.
    Pilot: NZ403484 Wt Off Bryan WARD, RNZAF - Age 24. 920hrs. 26th op.
    [Note: posted to 57 OTU 22 Sep 42 then 12(P)AFU (Oxford) 24 Nov 42]

    Sun 23 Nov 1941
    Fighter Command
    Operational training
    57 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Hawarden, Flintshire - 81 Group)
    Spitfire I X4850 - circumstances unknown, but at about 1045 crashed near Moston Hill Farm, near Chester, Cheshire, 5 miles east of the airfield. The pilot is buried at Hawarden.
    Pilot: NZ41973 Sgt Douglas Anthony WITHER, RNZAF - Age 22. 171hrs.

    Errol

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    Thank you all for your help with this. My original assumption of the 57 OTU link was obviously correct and I must have flagged these up for further investigation.

    Eshott and 57 OTU are one of my local airfields, hence the interest.

    Thanks again.

    Jim
    Jim Corbett

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