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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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111 Squadron Crest
05.2.1940 No. 111 Squadron Hurricane I P3470 Sgt. Courtis

Operation: Ferry Flight

Date: 05th December 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 111 Squadron. 14 Group (motto: Adstantes - 'Standing by')

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3470

Code: JU-?

Base: RAF Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland

Location: North West Edzell

Pilot: Sgt. Jack Burall Courtis NZ/391343 RNZAF Age 26. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 15:27 hrs on a ferry flight to Montrose from Dyce. Crashed during poor weather conditions into a hill some 10 lies north west of Edzell.

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Burial details:

Sgt. Jack Bura§ll Courtis. Montrose Cemetery (Sleepyhillock). Sec 7. Class C. Grave 90. Born on the 01st October 1914 at Bluff, the son of Arthur Henry (died 17th October 1943) and Ruth Violet Courtis (née Hardy) (died 22nd September 1938), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Worked as a clerk with the Vacuum Oil Company prior to enlisting. A total of 224 flying hours logged.

Left: Family grave in New Zealand (see credits)

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, to Julian Tansell and Karen Allan for grave photographs, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 26.07.2019

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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