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
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.
If anyone has further information we would be pleased to add it and credit you.
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: