Frank William Skottowe Webb
Son of Reginald Skottowe Webb and Ngaire Elizabeth Webb, of Dunedin, Otago.
KILLED IN AIR ACCIDENT
SERGEANT F. W. S. WEBB
Sergeant Frank William Skottowe Webb, who was killed when an aircraft of the R.N.Z.A.F. crashed at Opunake on October 4, was the only son of Mr and Mrs R. S. Webb, 51 Bayfield road, Anderson’s Bay. Sergeant Webb, who was in his twentieth year, was educated at the Macandrew Road and Anderson’s Bay Schools, the Otago Boys’ High School, and Dunedin Technical College.
He was one of the original members of the Dunedin wing of the Air Training Corps, and in July, 1943, joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force, his training being only a few weeks short of completion when he met his death. While he was a member of the A.T.C. Sergeant Webb took an active interest in the sporting activities of the corps, and he was also a member of St. Michael’s Church Club.
He was a cousin of Pilot Officer Webb, the only son of Canon C. E. P. Webb, of Holy Cross Church, St. Kilda, who was killed in England last year.
OTAGO DAILY TIMES, ISSUE 25660, 7 OCTOBER 1944, PAGE 8
Ventura NX4544 left Ohakea at around 9am on the 3rd October 1944 on a navigation training exercise. Due to a wind change, they drifted off course and crashed into My Egmont,11 miles from Opunake, which was covered in cloud. The burning aircraft was found by a searching plane that afternoon and the bodies of the 5 airmen were recovered the next day.
The crew were: Jack Martin (Captain)
Harold Day (Navigator)
Arnold Hill (Wireless Operator)
James Mckay (Air Gunner)
Frank Webb (Air Gunner)
Source: For Your Tomorrow, Errol Martyn, Vol 2 ,p282.
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