Fairey Firefly Z1947 - 26/06/1944

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On the 26th June 1944 Fairey Firefly No Z1947 of No 1772 squadron was being flown by a Sub Lieutenant (A) Harry Garbutt and  was carrying out quarter attacks when the aircraft rolled on its back at about 3,500-4,000 feet and lost height to about 2,500 feet whilst inverted, Sub Lieutenant (A) Garbutt attempted to pull out but crashed into the sea 1 miles west of Cleveleys at an angle of 45 degrees after having passed the vertical, his crewman Midshipman Kenneth Neuschild was also killed in the crash.

Midshipman Neuschild's grave

Midshipman Neuschild's grave

Midshipman Kenneth Robert Osborn Neuschild aged 19 was the son of Robert Hermann Alexander and Elsie Gertrude Neuschild, of Enfield, Middlesex and is buried in Fleetwood Borough Cemetery Sec. J. Grave 232.

Sub Lieutenant (A) Garbutt's grave

Sub Lieutenant (A) Garbutt's grave

Sub-Lieutenant (A) Harry Garbutt aged 24 was the son of Frederick and Ethel Garbutt, of Roundhay, Leeds and is buried in Fleetwood Borough Cemetery Sec. J. Grave 231. Sub-Lieutenant (A) Garbutt joined the Royal Navy in July 1940 and transferred to the Fleet Air Arm two years later and upon completing his training in Canada received his commission in 1943. He had been on the staff of Bryant & May of Leeds before the war and was an old boy of Roundhay School and had played rugby with the Old Roundhegians RU team, he was also well known in local swimming circles. 
 

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