14th March 1942 17 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit Master II DK873 Sgt. Wilder
Date: 14th March 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 17 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit. 21 Group
Type: Miles Master II
Base: RAF Watton, Norfolk
Location: Red Barn Farm, Carbrooke, Norfolk
Pilot: Sgt. Bottrell Stanley Wilder NZ/413528 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very little is known regarding circumstances.
The pilot, P/O. Wilder crashed shortly after taking off at 04:10 hrs into Red Barn Farm, Carbrooke.
Burial and personal details:
Sgt. Bottrell Stanley Wilder. Watton Churchyard (St. Mary). Row A. Grave 60. Born on the 09th July 1915 at Christchurch. Worked as a clerk for Williamson Construction Co. in Christchurch prior to service. Enlisted on the 15th One 1941 at Levin. Trained at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School joining on the 26th July 1941. Further training at No. 1 Flying Training School joining on the 06th September 1941. Pilots badge awarded on the 18th October 1941 and promoted to sergeant on the 29th November 1941. Embarked for England on the 18th December 1941. Joined 17 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit in February 1942. Son of Albert Henry (died 20th October 1953) and Dora Wilder (nee Ransey), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 165 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Auckland Council Library, other sources as quoted below: