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Sylvester Roger Oliffe Richmond

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sylvester Roger Oliffe AWMM
  • Surname
    Richmond AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    • NZ402217 AWMM
    • WWII 402217 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • War
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ402217 AWMM
    • WWII 402217 AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Son of Sylvester Herbert Guiness Richmond and Lillian Alice Richmond of Auckland AWMM
    • Son of Sylvester Herbert Guiness Richmond and Lillian Alice Richmond of Gisbourne Public - Roger Noel - Direct descendant - 29 June 2018 - Family Oral history
    • Date: 15-FEB-1944
      Time: 22:25
      Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
      Owner/operator: 51 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (51 OTU RAF)
      Registration: R2129
      Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
      Other fatalities: 0
      Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
      Location: Meadow Farm, about 3.5 miles NNE of RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England- United Kingdom
      Phase: Approach
      Nature: Training
      Departure airport: RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
      Destination airport: RAF Cranfield
      The Beaufighter took off at 20:12hrs to carry out a Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) exercise.
      The exercise was completed successfully at 22:18 and the pilot headed back to Cranfield.
      At about 22:25 the Beaufighter dived steeply into the ground from 3,000 feet and exploded.
      F/Lt (NZ402217) Sylvester Roger Oliffe RICHMOND (pilot) RNZAF - killed.
      F/O (NZ427240) Denis Reginald WILKES (Nav) RNZAF killed.
      Flight-Lt Richmond had been in a flying accident in August 1941, resulting in the loss of a limb.
      It was almost two years before he could resume flying.
      Both men are buried in Cambridge City Cemetery. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 3 June 2019 - Reference : / Beaufighter R2129.
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About death

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  • Death
    15 February 1944 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    [United Kingdom]Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cemetery
    Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England AWMM Grave 14353 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Pollington Airfield Memorial Garden, Yorkshire, England AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM


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02 June 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
29 June 2018Roger NoelHamilton, New ZealandDirect descendant
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