POW liberation details
POW serial number
- 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
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Owner/operator: 51 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (51 OTU RAF)
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
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 : www.aviationsafetynetwork.org.u. / Beaufighter R2129.
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|02 June 2019||Jenifer||Wairarapa||Researcher||
|29 June 2018||Roger Noel||Hamilton, New Zealand||Direct descendant||
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