Alastair Edgar Martin
Son of Robert Jarves and Mary Georgina Martin, of Ashburton, Canterbury.
Flying from the HMS Vindex, his Sea Hurricane began overheating due to a coolant shortage. Attempting to return to the carrier, the engine seized and he was forced to bale out. Rescued after nearly 3 hours in the water, he was suffering from exposure and could not be revived. He died the next day and was buried at sea. [For Your Tomorrow, Errol Martyn Vol 2 p 221]
Submitted by: Sarah Martin
Relationship to casualty: Great NieceAlastair lied about his age when he joined - his date of birth in family research brings up two dates; 21 August 1923 and 21 August 1924. The latter making him too young to enlist in the army at the ... Read More
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