A cased New Zealand Memorial Cross awarded to the next of kin of Pilot Officer I.St.J. Beere, Royal Air Force, who flew as a navigator with 97 Squadron and operating in Whitley bombers. He was killed on 8th November 1939 during a night flying training sortie when his aircraft, piloted by Sergeant A.V. Strong, suffered a pilot error, Strong having misjudged his approach to Abingdon and collided, first with a tree, and then a house some 300 yards short of the runway. All three members of the crew were killed. Beere, a native of Wellington, New Z

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A cased New Zealand Memorial Cross awarded to the next of kin of Pilot Officer I.St.J. Beere, Royal Air Force, who flew as a navigator with 97 Squadron and operating in Whitley bombers. He was killed on 8th November 1939 during a night flying training sortie when his aircraft, piloted by Sergeant A.V. Strong, suffered a pilot error, Strong having misjudged his approach to Abingdon and collided, first with a tree, and then a house some 300 yards short of the runway. All three members of the crew were killed. Beere, a native of Wellington, New Zealand, was married at a lady from Douglas on the Isle of Man.

New Zealand Memorial Cross, sterling silver marked, reverse engraved; (RAF40334 P/O. I. ST. J. BEERE), housed in the presentation case, together with forwarding slip.

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Ian St John Beere came from Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Rawdon St John and Constance May Beere, he was the husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Beere, of Douglas, Isle of Man, and saw service during the Second World War with the Royal Air Force as a Pilot Officer (No.40334), and flying as a navigator with 97 Squadron in Whitley bombers.

On 8th November 1939, Beere formed part of the crew of Sergeant A.V. Strong’s Whitley V K7225 OF, which was involved in a training sortie. The pilot misjudged his approach to Abingdon and collided, first with a tree, and then a house some 300 yards short of the runway. The accident happened at 2140 during the night flying training. All three members of the crew were killed.

Beere who was 25 years old at the time of his death, is buried in Drayton Saint Peter Churchyard.