Date: 15th October 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 52 Operational Training Unit
Type: Spitfire IIA
Code: Presentation Spitfire: 'Manxman'
Base: RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire
Location: RAF Quedgeley
Pilot: P/O. Keith Thomas Beange NZ/416440 Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a height-climbing exercise dived into a shed of 7 Maintenance Unit at RAF Quedgeley.
The shed caught fire and a 32-year-old civilian, Etta Elizabeth Emma Jelf was killed instantly when she was struck by the tail wheel.
Considerable fire damage was caused with several others injured.
Spitfire 'Manxman' P7966 was the former aircraft of Wing Commander Douglas Bader, a RAF Fighter Ace, when he started leading the Tangmere Wing in March of 1941.
P/O. Keith Thomas Beange. Cirencester Cemetery. Plot 5. R.C. Row FFF. Grave 16. Born on the 23rd August 1921 at Hamilton. Worked as an electrical engineer gor Turnbull and Jones Ltd prior to enlisting at Levin on the 30th November 1941. Son of Daniel Thomas Beange and Frances Beange (née Clark), of Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand. 261 Flying hours logged
Etta Elizabeth Emma Jelf. Daughter of John Francis and Ellen Jelf, of 6 St. Mary's Square.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: