17.02.1940 No. 222 Squadron Magister I R1827 P/O. Delamore
Date: 17th February 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 222 Squadron (motto: Pambili bo - 'Go straight ahead')
Type: Miles Magister I
Base: RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Location: Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Pilot: P/O. Arthur Frank Delamore 33500 RAF Age 19. Badly injured
Pilot: P/O. Francis Bernard Bassett 41982 RAF Age 20. Badly injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a map reading and forced landing training exercise collided with a tree at 16:30 hrs. Both the crew survived the initial crash.
P/O. Delamore died of his injuries the following day. P/O. Bassett remained in hospital until the 21st July when he returned to the Squadron to serve during the Battle of Britain. He went missing on the 14th November 1942 whilst with 152 Squadron. Seen to bale out of his burning Spitfire and climb into the dingy during an operation from Gibraltar to Maison Blanche in Algiers, despite searches no trace of the pilot could be found.
P/O. Arthur Frank Delamore. Whittlesford Churchyard (SS. Mary And Andrew). Row C. Grave 5. Born on the 05th June 1920 at Kuala Lumpur, the son of Adrian Wilmot Delamore and Emma Carolina Ada Delamore (née Rhodes), stepson of Dinah Delamore of Sydney, New South Wales Australia. Whilst at an early age the family moved to New Zealand. Joined RAF as a cadet in April 1938 at Cranwell and enlisted into the RAF on the 07th September 1939. A total of 244 solo flying hours. Grave inscription: 'Dearly Loved Elder Son Of Adrian And Dinah Delamore. "Qui Ante Diem Periit Sed Miles, Sed Pro Patria'. (Translation: 'Who died in a far off land before his time but as a soldier and for his country')
P/O. Francis Bernard Bassett. Malta Memorial Panel 2. Column 1. Son of James Patrick and Anne Bassett, of Wembley Park, Middlesex, England.
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, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: