21.11.1944 No. 197 Squadron Typhoon IB MN752 OV-D Fl/Lt. Necklen
Operation: Interdiction - Amersfoort
Date: 21st November 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 197 Squadron (84 Group)
Type: Typhoon IB
Base: B.70 Deurne, Belgium
Location: Fort van Schoten, Belgium
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Eric Kingsley Necklen NZ/40422 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off with three others from the Squadron from the advanced landing ground in Deurne in Belgium at 13:55 hrs.
Just 15 minutes later whilst climbing in cloud they were ordered to descend. Almost immediately the leader saw a flash in the clouds. It seems probable that MN881 OV-R flown by P/O. Charles Hall J/88816 RCAF cutting in front had been rammed in the tail by MN752 - both pilots were killed.
Fl/Lt. Eric Kingsley Necklen. Schoonselhof Cemetery Grave: I.A.10. Son of Charles Necklen, and stepson of Caroline Mary Helen Necklen, of Franckton Junction, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 1053 flying hours logged with about 100 on this aircraft type. Had completed some 71 operational sorties.
P/O. Charles Burnham Hall. Schoonselhof Cemetery Grave: IV.E.11. Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Hall, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Grave inscription reads: "At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember Him".
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, other sources as quoted below: