1435 Flight Spitfire Vb EP344 Sgt. Colin Lethbridge Wood
Date: 30th July 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 1435 Flight (motto: Protect the right) 02nd August 1942 renamed 1435 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: Luqa, Malta
Location: St. Paul's Bay, Malta
Pilot: Sgt. Colin Lethbridge Wood NZ/412780 Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 07:55 hrs. on a scramble against another raid on the island with 7 others from the flight. 5 scrambles during the day on Malta.
During climbing he was shot down by Me109 with the Spitfire coming down in the sea off St. Paul's Bay. His body was not knowingly recovered.
Sgt. Colin Lethbridge Wood. Malta Memorial. Panel 5, Column 2. Born on the 29th of January 1918 in Auckland. Farmhand prior to enlisting on the 03rd May 1941. Son of Audley Cowper Wood and Dorothy May Wood I(née Downey), of Lottin Point, Auckland, New Zealand. Arrived on Malta from HMS. Eagle on the 21st July 1942.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: