JOHN ANGUS FERGUSON

Tues 17 Feb 1942, NZ
Dual Instruction
2 Service Flying Training School (ITS), RNZAF (Woodbourne)
Harvard II NZ967 - seen at 1315 to begin a steep diving turn to starboard with engine at high-power.  At under a 100 feet, while attempting to flatten-out, the starboard wind folded back and detached, causing NZ967 to dive into the ground in an almost inverted position in Omaka Valley, 8 miles SW of the airfield.  The pilots are buried at Taradale and Wanganui, respectively.

Pilot Instr: NZ402176 Fg Off John Angus Fersuson, RNZAF - Age 22. 796hrs (700 solo - 348 on Harvard)
Pilot: NZ414618 LAC Allen Russell HANSEN, RNZAF - Age 23.

(Reference: Martyn, Errol W. For Your Tomorrow, A record of NZers who died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915.  Volume One: Fates 1915-1943, p183.)