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Hawker Hurricane V6843 - 15/04/1942

On the afternoon of the 15th May 1942 Pilot Officer Edmund Ray Taylor (J/7419) RCAF of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit  took of at 15:10 hours in Hawker Hurricane No V6843  to carry out an air test prior to embarkation, when over the River Dee his aircraft collided in mid air between 6,000 and 8,000 feet with a DeHaviland Tiger Moth No T7298 from No 24 Elementary Flying Training School and was seen to turn on its back and dive vertically down, crashing into the River near Parkgate at 15:20 hours. The pilot of the Tiger Moth, Leading Airman Barnby of the Fleet Air Arm was also fatally injured.

Pilot Officer Taylor's grave in Kirkdale Cemetery.

Pilot Officer Taylor's grave in Kirkdale Cemetery.

Pilot Officer Taylor aged 19 was the Son of Arthur James Taylor and Mary Gertrude Taylor, of Pickering, Ontario, Canada and is buried in Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool, section 1, Nonconformist, grave No 590. 

Leading Airman Richard Vivian Barnby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Barnby, of Warlingham, Surrey and is remembered on Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Bay 3, Panel 2.

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