22.03.1945 3 Advanced Flying Unit Oxford I Fl/Sgt. Browne
Date: 22nd March 1945 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 3 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. 23 Group
Type: Airspeed Oxford I
Base: RAF South Cerney, Gloucestershire.
Location: Pond Farm, Charlton, Gloucestershire
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Barry Stewart Browne NZ/43458 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at around 11:15 hrs and whilst at 600 ft the Oxford suffered a port engine failure. The pilot lost control with the aircraft crashing at Pond Farm at Charlton, Gloucestershire. The pilot was killed instantly.
It was thought that he had either stalled or turned into the dead engine, which had lost power after the failure of 2 auxiliary con rods.
His funeral took place at 15:00 hrs on the 28th March.
Fl/Sgt. Barry Stewart Browne. Bath Cemetery (Haycombe). Grave 39.H.D.259. Born on the 21st July 1924 at New Plymouth, the son of Norman Saxby Stewart and Evelyn Browne (née MacLaurin), New Plymouth, New Zealand. Prior to service an engineering apprentice - Rollo and Miller. A total of 326 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and the 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: