26.03.1944 1655 Mosquito Training Unit Mosquito FB.IV DZ388 Sq/Ldr. Allport DFC
Date: 26th March 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 1655 Mosquito Training Unit 8 (PFF) Group
Type: Mosquito FB.IV
Base: RAF Warboys, Cambridgeshire
Location: Aslackby Farm, ESE Folkingham, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Valentine Allport DFC NZ/402839 RNZAF Age 28. Killed
Nav: Fl/Lt. Thomas William Matthews 108052 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 19:09 hrs on an operational training sortie. At 19:30 hrs. the aircraft spin into the ground at location shown.
No cause was established.
Sq/Ldr. Valentine Allport DFC. Cambridge City Cemetery Grave 14759. Born on the 18th February 1916 at Nelson, the son of Alfred Valentine and Amy Allport (née Biddle), of Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand. Prior to enlisting on the 31st August 1940 worked as a Life Assurance agent for the AMP Society. Received the DFC L/G 11th August 1942 whilst serving with 18 Squadron. 12 solo hours on the Mosquito. Had served a full tour with 18 Squadron, both in the Middle East and Europe flying the Bristol Blenheim IV. The CWGC list him incorrectly as a Fl/Lt.
Fl/Lt. Thomas William Matthews. Abney Park Cemetery. Sec E.3. Grave RN.60152. Son of Thomas Joseph and Catherine Matthews and husband of Joan Elizabeth Matthews, of Finsbury Park, Middlesex, England. Grave inscription: 'Dearest Husband Of Joan. His Heart In Me Keeps Him And Me In One'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: