Born: 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 27th February 1945; age 22. On a test flight 1 mile west of R.A.E. Farnborough.
Rank: Flight Lieutenant; Service Number: 62337.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Martin Johns Slater & Eileen Marjorie Slater, of Ipswich.
Father: Martin Johns Slater, born April 1892, Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Mother: Eileen Marjorie Slater (nee Rands), born 1895, Shrubland, Suffolk.
Michael attended Ipswich School.
Michael is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
27th February 1945
Aircraft – de Havilland DH. 98 Mosquito FB.MK VI, Serial number – RS598 – was on an air test for oil leak in starboard engine of aircraft which had been modified for trials. Elevators with g restrictor tabs and fuel system isolating inboard wing tanks. After 10 minutes the aircraft returned, both engines stopped and it entered a shallow glide before hitting trees, catching fire and crashing 1 mile west of RAE Farnborough.
Sergeant/Navigator: Griffith Wynne Dixon; age 25; R.A.F.