Service Details
Name:
HAVILAND
Given Name:
RICHARD HAVILAND
Initials:
R H
Service No:
76571
Trade:
Pilot
Rank:
Pilot Officer
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Regiment:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
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Unit:
248 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1940-08-28
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Age:
27
Cause of Death:
Died in aircraft accident, along with AC2 R Moon whom he was taking on an air experience fllight in the squadron Magister R1832. During low aerobatics to the north of the airfield the aircraft struck the ground in a low shallow dive, cause unknown, though it may have been caught in a downdraught which are a feature of the area.
Additional
Information:
Son of Philip Charles and Effide Haviland; husband of Anne Margaret Haviland, of Crowborough, Sussex. B.Sc., A.M.I.C.E. "One of the few" Battle of Britain pilot. Native of South Africa. Born in 1913 in South Africa and attended Witwatersrand University, studying civil engineering. He obtained his private pilots licence while a student. He came to England in 1937 to work for the construction company Mowlem and was involved in building one of the reservoirs at Staines. He joined the RAFVR and did further training with them from Fairoaks. Called up on 1st September 1939 he converted to twin-engined aircraft and was posted to 248 Squadron, operating Blenheims from Lee-on-Solent. He was with the squadron when it moved to Dyce and then Sumburgh, where its role was to carry out reconnaisance sorties over Norway.
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Aberdeenshire
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Cemetery:
ABERDEEN CREMATORIUM
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