John Gouinlock Anderson

Flying Officer John Gouinlock Anderson of the Royal New Zealand Air Force died when his Wellington Bomber HF838 came down near Bolea in Co. Londonderry.

Flying Officer

John Gouinlock Anderson

416624

Flying Officer John Gouinlock Anderson of the Royal New Zealand Air Force died when his Wellington Bomber HF838 came down near Bolea in Co. Londonderry.

Flying Officer John Gouinlock Anderson (416624) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in World War Two. He was the son of John Gouinlock Anderson Senior and Margaret Williamina Maitland Anderson. The family hailed from Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.

Flying Officer Anderson died on 13th July 1943 aged 24 years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with RAF No. 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit.

RAF Limavady, Aghanloo, Co. Londonderry

Imperial War Museum Photo: HU 99420 (Part of the Royal Air Force Official Collection). Aerial photograph of RAF Limavady, locally known as Aghanloo Airfield next to the River Roe in Co. Londonderry.

On 13th July 1943, he was the navigator in Wellington Bomber HF838 taking off from RAF Limavady, Aghanloo Airfield, Co. Londonderry. Anderson and the remaining four crew members died when the plane came down near the Curley Burn river at Dickey’s Glen, Bolea.

John Gouinlock Anderson’s grave is in Grave 15, Christ Church, Church of Ireland Churchyard, Drumachose, Co. Londonderry. He lies next to Frederick Dick Butland, a Canadian airman who died in the same accident. A third member of the crew, John William Hughes of the RNZAF is buried in Grave 3, St Mary’s Cemetery, Limavady, Co. Londonderry.

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