Airshow Crashes in New Zealand Apr 20, 2014 13:11:14 GMT 12
Post by errolmartyn on Apr 20, 2014 13:11:14 GMT 12
Note that the month was March, not May.
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 Two: Fates 1943-1998:
Sun 23 Mar 1952
Return from Woodbourne to Ohakea
75 Squadron, RNZAF (Ohakea)
De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI NZ2331 - took off from Woodbourne at 1000 with T.43 Mosquito NZ2306, both circling and climbing to 700-800 feet and, on being granted permission, making a descending low-level pass at about 300-400 feet across the airfield heading east. After the pass NZ2331 began a slow roll at about 200 feet, lost height and struck a line of pine trees 1 mile east of the base, disintegrating as it crashed in a paddock on the Caythorpe property. The pilot was buried at Omaka and the navigator is understood to have been cremated at Wellington. With only a few weeks before the type was scheduled to be withdrawn from service, the two Mosquitoes had visited Woodbourne to participate in an Air Force Day display the previous day. On hand to see him depart, and witness to the accident, was the pilot’s father.
Pilot: 72250 Fg Off Cyril Melrose WATERS, RNZAF - Age 22.
Navigator: 72314 Sgt John Raymond CAMPBELL, RNZAF - Age 24.
And additional info from Vol Three (Biographies and Appendices):
WATERS, C M – his brother, Laurence John Braithwaite Waters, died on 19 Aug 42 while flying with 226 Sqn, RAF.
CAMPBELL, J R – funeral on 27th.