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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:4 EFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ670
MSN: 83494
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Muriwai Beach, Muriwai -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth MSN 83494: Built at Cowley, Oxford, UK for RAF Contract as T5765. Shipped direct to New Zealand on the s.s."Opawa" and TOC at Unit 18, Rongotai 25.10.40 as NZ670. In service with No.4 EFTS, Whenuapai by January 1941.

Written off in an accident at Muriwai Beach on 4 March 1941 while operating with No.4 EFTS, Whenuapai. Aircraft stalled at 50 feet and dived into the ground. LAC Warwick Ashling Clouston (Service Number NZ402452)was seriously injured. Aircraft written off the books at Rongotai.

Muriwai, also called Muriwai Beach, is a coastal community on the west coast of the Auckland Region in the North Island of New Zealand

Warwick Clouston was born at Auckland on the 5th June, 1921. He was educated at the Takapuna Grammar School, where he gained his Senior Free Place. He was interested in tennis, swimming and football. He served for a year with the Territorials in 1937. At the date of his entry into the Air Force he was employed as a clerk by "Tasti" Products Ltd., Auckland.

He applied for aircrew training in December, 1939, but did not enter camp until July 1940, when he reported at Whenuapai. He was employed on ground duties until December of that year, when he was remustered to airman pilot and posted to Levin. At the conclusion of his initial training in February, 1941, he commenced flying training at No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School, Whenuapai. On the 4th March, 1941, he was injured when the Tiger Moth he was flying crashed at Muriwai.

Sgt. Clouston proceeded to Canada on the completion of his training in New Zealand late in July, 1941. In August, 1941, he commenced further flying training on Yale and Harvard aircraft at No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville, Ontario. On the 5th December, 1941, he was awarded his flying badge and promoted to Sergeant.

A few days later he embarked for the United Kingdom, arriving at No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournmouth, late in December. On February 2nd, 1942, he was posted to No. 17 Advanced Flying Unit, Watton, Norfolk, for further training on Miles Master aircraft. Sgt. Clouston commenced operational training on Hurricane aircraft at No. 56 Operational Training Unit, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, late in March, 1942.

He afterwards spent short periods with Operational Training Units at Tealing and Kinnell, both in Angus, Scotland.

On the completion of the course in May, he was posted to No. 616 Squadron, Kingscliffe, Northamptonshire, where he flew Spitfire aircraft. From this base for the next month he was engaged on combat training.

On the 20th June, 1942, Sgt. Clouston was reported missing on a training flight. His body was later recovered from the sea near Sheringham, Norfolk, and he was buried in the Scotlow cemetary, Norfolk, with full Service honours.




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29-Dec-2010 16:13 angels one five Updated [Source]
26-Apr-2011 23:16 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 11:32 Nepa Updated [Registration, Operator, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 01:04 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Feb-2012 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Sep-2013 01:49 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Narrative]
09-Feb-2019 08:39 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Source]
04-Dec-2019 22:35 angels one five Updated [Phase, Narrative]
05-Aug-2021 17:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
08-Aug-2021 15:02 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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