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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:35 am    Post subject: Harry Rice and Aubrey Clarke Reply with quote

Just spotted this in the minutes of Dunbar Community Council. A new memorial to two New Zealand Air Force men who died when their Beaufighter crashed on a training mission from RAF East Fortune. https://dunbarcommunitycouncil.org.uk/unveiling-a-memorial-for-two-young-new-zealand-aircrew-from-ww2/
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Officer (Pilot)
RICE, HARRY KENNETH LILLINGTON.
Service Number 4216075

Died 03/05/1945

Aged 21

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Son of Eric John Guthrie Rice and Dorothy Rice, of Mount Eden, Auckland City, New Zealand.



Flying Officer (Navigator)
CLARKE, AUBREY JOHN.
Service Number 429177

Died 03/05/1945

Aged 23

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Son of John William and Lillian E. M. Clarke, of Portland, North Auckland, New Zealand.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:33 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) report Reply with quote

WMR 84114.

As I have had to do it for the WMR report this is the transcription-


On the Stone above the plaque-[NZRAF Wings]/IN COMMEMORATION/OF A WORLD WAR II/BEAUFIGHTER AIR CRASH
Plaque-Pilot Flying Officer Harry Kenneth Lillington Rice NZ4216075, Age 21,/No 132 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit,/buried at St Martin's Burial Ground, Haddington, East Lothian/
Navigator, Flying Officer Aubrey John Clarke, NZ429177, Age 23,/No 132 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit,/buried at Edmonton Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex/Their aircraft took off from RAF East Fortune just before midnight on 2nd May 1945/for a navigational exercise over Berwickshire. Three hours after the aircraft/was heard calling the base, but when the base responded, no reply was heard//The Beaufighter had struck high ground rising to around 396m (1,300 ft) above sea level,/approximately 16km (10 miles) North West of Abbey St Bathans.//It is believed that the radio equipment had failed and that the crew were lost. It was while they/were descending through cloud in order to pinpoint their position that the accident occurred.//The pilot and navigator were from New Zealand and served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force./Sadly both men lost their lives in the plane crash on 3rd May 1945.//After a long search in blizzard conditions, not far from where you stand right now/the aircraft was eventually found on high ground between/Middle Monymut and Stottencleugh farms.//Community Windpower have installed this plaque in memory of the lost crew.
On the Stone below the plaque-LEST WE FORGET
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