Denis Reginald AWMM
Also known as
- NZ427240 AWMM
- WWII 427240 AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Son of Gabriel Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Wilkes of Wellington AWMM
- 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)':
Tue 15 Feb 1944
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE
Dual Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) exercise
51 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Cranfield, Bedfordshire - 9 Group, Air Defence of Great Britain)
Beaufighter IF R2129 - took off at 20:12 and successfully completed the exercise at 22:18. Seven minutes later the aircraft entered a steep dive from 3000 feet and exploded on hitting the ground 3½ miles NNE of the airfield, at Meadow Farm, near Bourne End. The two crew were buried at Cambridge on the 19th.
Pilot: NZ402217 Flt Lt Sylvester Roger Oliffe RICHMOND, RNZAF - Age 27. 348hrs (about 20 on Beaufighter) 1 op.
Navigator: NZ427240 Flying Officer Denis Reginald WILKES, RNZAF - Age 23. 18.1hrs.
Richmond’s op had been undertaken in August 1941 with 114 Squadron, RAF. However, he suffered a serious flying accident during his first week with the unit, the injuries from which led to the loss of a limb - and grounded him for almost two years. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 3 June 2019 - RAF Thread Board.
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- Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
- This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
|03 June 2019||Jenifer||Wairarapa||Researcher||
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