MICHAEL JOHN MARTIN SLATER

Born: 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 27th February 1945; age 22. On a test flight 1 mile west of R.A.F. Farnborough.

 

Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number: 62337.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

 

Grave Reference:

23.E.10.

Brookwood Military Cemetery,

Surrey.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Martin Johns Slater & Eileen Marjorie Slater, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Martin Johns Slater, born April 1892, Hadleigh, Suffolk. An architect and surveyor for the Ipswich Education Committee. During the Second World War Martin enrolled in the Civil Defence. 

Mother: Eileen Marjorie Slater (nee Rands), born September 1895, Shrubland, Suffolk.

 

Michael was educated at 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.

Crew:

Sergeant/Navigator: Griffith Wynne Dixon; age 25; R.A.F.

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