04/05th July 1944 487 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI NT131 F/O. Beazer
Date: 04/05th July 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 487 Squadron RNZAF (motto: Ki te mutunga - 'Through to the end'). 140 Wing. 2 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force
Type: Mosquito FB.VI
Base: RAF Thorney Island, Sussex
Location: Cayenne, France
Pilot: F/O. Ronald Charles Ostend Beazer NZ/415733 RNZAF Age 29. Killed
Nav: F/O. Andrew White Munro 171863 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off for intruder operations against road and rail movements in Western France.
Brought down over France at about midnight, crashing at a place known as Cayenne near Camp d' Avord, about 18km ESE of Bourges.
Another 487 Squadron was also lost; HX917 Flown by W/O. Bryan Ward - both crew killed.
Burial and personal details:
F/O. Ronald Charles Ostend Beazer. Avord Communal Cemetery. Mil. Plot. Grave 6. Born on the 12th November 1914 at Wellington. Prior to service worked as a carpenter for Charles Luney of Feilding. Served 6 months in the territorial army before enlisting on the 19th October 1941 at Levin. Awarded pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 13th June 1942 after training in Canada. Received his commission on the 02nd May 1943. Son of Charles Beazer and of Catherine Beazer (née Currie), of Feilding, New Zealand. A total of 634 flying hours logged. At least 35 operational sorties completed. His brother also served in the RNZAF. Gp/Cpt. Archibald Currie Beazer MiD. NZ/416442. Served in 7, 4, 3 and 9 RNZAF squadrons. Serving in the South Pacific theatre flying Vildebeest Hudson and Ventura, Born on the 04th January 1917 - died 14th February 1987.
F/O. Andrew White Munro. Avord Communal Cemetery. Mil. Plot. Grave 7. Son of Robert and Mary White Munro, of Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Grave inscription: 'In Memory Of Our Dear Son Andy. Well Done, Thou Good And Faithful Servant'.
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: