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    Default Whitley Z6932 10Sqn 06/09/1941

    Can anyone supply the service No. of P/O R S Austin RNZAF aged 21

    Thank you in advance

    Chris

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    Commonwealth War Graves Commision??

    Name: AUSTIN, RICHARD SCOTT
    Initials: R S
    Nationality: New Zealand
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Unit Text: 10 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 07/09/1941
    Service No: 403785
    Additional information: Son of Robert Cox Austin and Amy Charity Baring Austin, of Feilding, Wellington, New Zealand.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 284.
    Cemetery: CHEVINGTON CEMETERY
    Dennis Burke
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    Chris,

    Mention of his loss is made in the diary of another 10 Sqdn RNZAF airman who was his room mate I have published on my website here http://www.archieraf.co.uk/archie/1044blundendiary_pge4.html scroll down to 7th September 1941 entry.

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    Linzee

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    Dennis,

    Once again thank you.

    Chris

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    Linzee,

    thank you, great piece of information it also matches Sgt. Stuarts' death cert. (06/09/1941)
    Some sources have this a/c as crashing @ RAFAcklington, when in fact it landed at RAF Brunton & crashed when taking off to head for Acklington (They were lost it would seem)

    The link below helps.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/54/a2640854.shtml

    Chris

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    Chris,

    The BBC item is an interesting and detailed account of the event that is new to me. An official report held on Austin's service record varies slightly regarding the collision/crash:

    "From reports received from the injured rear gunner and witnesses, it appeared that the captain landed at Bruton (an aerodrome under construction) because he had lost himself in bad visibility. On taking off the aircraft hit obstructions in the form of barrels along the runway, swung to the left, hit a steamroller with starboard wing, attempted to avoid H.T. cables after becoming airborne in a damaged condition, stalled and crashed."

    Austin's full service number was NZ403785 (note that the CWGC fails to include letter prefixes to service numbers for RNZAF personnel).

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Many thanks

    Chris

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