11/iii/44 – Trip to Middle Wallop & Loss of F/Sgt Anderson

11th March 11:00
AIRSPEED OXFORD II X7293
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator: Self
BASE – MIDDLE WALLOP
Pilot as Navigator & Navigator as Pilot about half the way. Fairly hazy.
1:00

12:05
Pilot: F/O Scott
2nd Pilot: F/O Robinson
Navigator: Self
Another 10 mins driving amongst the bumps
0:55

14:30
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN & A/C TEST
The usual 15,000ft climb to test the blowers & feathering tests
0:45

On 07/iii/44, F/Sgt John Anderson, a New Zealand pilot arrived at the Squadron from 51 OTU where he had been trained on Beaufighters. On 11/iii/44 he was on only his second solo flight in a mosquito. On landing, he swung, tried to climb, and then dived into the ground after his undercarriage hit an obstruction. He was killed instantly. The subsequent report was critical of the fact that he had been posted direct to the squadron from an OTU but had no Mosquito experience.

Anderson was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery on the 15th March, with Squadron Representatives in attendance. He lies in grave number 2.K.7, a short distance from his fellow Squadron members, Riwai, Clark, Watson & Edwards. His death brings the total number of lives lost since the start of Broody’s tour to 15.

The grave of F/Sgt John Anderson. Brookwood Military Cemetery (Plot number 2.k.7)

The grave of F/Sgt John Anderson.
Brookwood Military Cemetery (Plot number 2.k.7)

His name is duly recorded in the Roll of Honour

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