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    Default F/Sgt B Browne NZ & P/O A Lethaby DFC NZ

    Hi

    I am researching two RNZAF pilots who are buried near to me at Haycombe, Bath.

    They are 43458 F/Sgt Barry Browne (20), a pilot who died 22/3/45, I don't have anything apart from the very basic CWGC entry. Does anyone have any additional information on him?

    The other chap was 421733 P/O A Lethaby DFC (23), who died 11/8/45, who flew with 182 Squadron, flying Typhoons. Does anyone have any information on his crash?

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    Glenn,

    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: Fates 1943-1998)':

    Thu 22 Mar 1945
    FLYING TRAINING COMMAND
    Night flying test
    3 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit, RAF (South Cerney, Gloucestershire - 23 Group)
    Oxford I LX152 - took off at about 1115 and suffered a port engine failure some five minutes later at 600 feet, lost control and dived into the ground at Pond Farm, Charlton, 7 miles SW of the airfield. The pilot is buried at Bath, Somerset. It was thought that he had either stalled or turned into the dead engine, which had lost power after the failure of 2 auxiliary con rods.
    Pilot: NZ43458 Flt Sgt Barry Stewart BROWNE, RNZAF - Age 20. 326hrs.

    And amendment from Vol Three: p335; BROWNE, B S – funeral at 1500 on 28th.

    Sat 11 Aug 1945
    FIGHTER COMMAND
    Rocket Projectile practice
    182 Squadron, RAF (Warmwell, Dorset - 11 Group)
    Typhoon IB RB256 - took off at about 1010 and 25 minutes later fired several rockets from 1000 feet at a target on the Chesil Beach Range, Somerset. When climbing away flicked over to starboard, rolled three times, during which flashes under the port wing were observed, blew up and fell into the sea. The pilot is buried at Bath. It was believed the rocket motor of one of the projectiles under the wing had burst, rupturing and igniting a fuel tank in the process. The Squadron, normally based in Denmark at B160 (Kastrup) as part of the British Air Forces of Occupation, was at Warmwell for a fortnight’s armament practice camp.
    Pilot: NZ421733 Plt Off Albert Henry LETHABY, DFC, RNZAF - Age 23. 687hrs (216 on Typhoon) 100+ ops.
    Lethaby was the last New Zealand airman to lose his life prior to VJ Day, on 15 August.

    And amendment from Vol Three: p355; LETHABY, A H – the Sqn was attached to 14APC for a course at the time (5-18 August).

    Bios from Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices):

    BROWNE, Flight Sergeant Barry Stewart.
    NZ43458; b Pakaraka 21 Jul 24; New Plymouth BHS; engineering apprentice - Rollo & Miller, N Plymouth. NZ Army/Home Guard 1yr, ATC 1yr; RNZAF Omaka as Aircrafthand (ATC) 8 Jan 43, Taieri 20 Feb 43, Palm Nth 31 Mar 43, remust as Aircrew u/t & ITW 29 Apr 43, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Jun 43, 3EFTS 26 Jun 43, 1st solo 8 Jul 43, emb for Canada 4 Oct 43, att RCAF 16 Oct 43, 13SFTS 22 Oct 43, 5SFTS 29 Jan 44, Pilots Badge & Sgt 21 Apr 44, 1GRS 28 Apr 44, 1 Y Depôt Jul 44, att RAF & emb for UK 20 Jul 44, 12PD&RC 27 Jul 44, 3(P)AFU (Oxford) 19 Sep 44 [att 1545BATF (Oxford) for c.1 wk in Nov], kaa 22 Mar 45. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery - 39.H.D.259, Englishcombe, Somerset, England. Son of Norman Saxby Stewart & Evelyn Browne (née MacLaurin), New Plymouth. [phot. TWN 2.5.45].

    LETHABY, Pilot Officer Albert Henry, DFC.
    NZ421733; b Dunedin 30 Oct 21; Otago BHS, Dunedin; butcher - E Bolwell, St Clair, Dunedin. RNZAF Rotorua/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 8 Mar 42, 1EFTS 13 Jun 42, 1st solo 27 Jun 42, 2SFTS 5 Sep 42, e/f & f/ldg (uninj) 2 Oct 42, Pilots Badge [wef 30.11.42] & Sgt 6 Feb 43, att RAF & emb for UK 9 Mar 43, 11PD&RC 12 Apr 43, 12PD&RC 31 May 43, 7(P)AFU 16 Jun 43, 59OTU (Hurricane) 21 Sep 43, 1TEU (Hurricane) 24 Jan 44 [att FLS (Hurricane) 1-19 Feb 44], 4TEU [became 3TEU 21.3.44] (Hurricane, Typhoon) 29 Feb 44, 84GSU (Typhoon) 3 Jun 44, 83GSU (Typhoon) 7 Jun 44, 182 Sqn (Typhoon - 103 ops) 20 Jul 44, hit by flak & c/ldg (uninj?) 28 Mar 45, Comm 21 Apr 45, kaa 11 Aug 45. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery - 39.H.D.251, Englishcombe, Somerset, England. Son of Thomas James & Mary Lethaby (née Reeves), Kensington, Dunedin. [BSD & phot. TWN 10.10.45].

    Errol

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    Many Thanks Errol, that is exactly what I was looking for!

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