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« on: January 16, 2014, 07:57:26 AM »

PITT, ERNEST NEVILLE
Rank:Aircraftman 1st Class
Service No:906866
Date of Death:16/08/1940
Age:30
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference Div. O. Sec. A. Grave 63.
Cemetery HASTINGS CEMETERY, SUSSEX
Additional Information: Son of Ernest Jasper and Charlotte Elizabeth Pitt; husband of Winifred Esther Pitt, of Sedlescombe.


Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 24 August 1940

Airman's Burial at Heroes' Corner.
Four members of the R.A.F. acted as bearers at the burial in the Heroes' Corner on Thursday of A.C.1 Ernest Neville Pitt, aged 30, who was killed in action on Friday last week. The Rev. C. C. Dobson conducted the committal and gave a brief address at the graveside.

Mrs. R. E. Pitt desires to thank all friends for kind messages of sympathy and condolence, and for floral tributes sent.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 16:32:35 PM »

Luftwaffe attacks on both Tangmere and West Malling, so he may have been a casualty at one of those stations.
If Tangmere, Andy Saunders may know more.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 17:17:40 PM »

Possibly neither as the death was registered at Wallingford,  Oxon
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 09:29:54 AM »

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 24 August 1940

On Active Service: PITT - on August 16th, 1940, No. 906866 A.C.1 Ernest Neville Pitt, beloved husband of Winifred E. Pitt, Scaynes Hill, Sussex, killed in action, aged 30 years.

PITT - On August 16th, No. 906866 A.C.1 Ernest Neville Pitt, aged 30, killed in action, elder son of Mr. and Mrs E. J. Pitt (late of Tower Motor Co., Old London-road).

One of the best God could send,
A dear good son right to the end.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 10:08:09 AM »

AC1 Ernest Pitt was killed in an air raid on RAF Harwell in Berkshire.

The "RAF Commands - Unnaccounted Airmen" website lists the air raids on the 16th August 1940 and shows :

Harwell, Berkshire:
AC1 Ernest N. PITT - 906866 - 15 OTU
AC2 Edward J. SAUNDERS - 702278 - 15 OTU

There is a full history of RAF Harwell on the Uffington Museum website and that shows :

"During the afternoon of 14th August 1940 twenty Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys arrived at Harwell from Driffield, using Harwell as the point of departure and return for the long haul to Milan and return. One suffered undercarriage collapse after the raid.
Luckily the remainder had returned to their home base before Harwell suffered its first bombing attack, which came at 6.05 pm on Friday August 16th when a single raider, believed to be a JU88, came in low over Rowstock, dropped four bombs, then turned and machine gunned the station. Two 400 gallon petrol bowsers being filled from the underground storage tanks at building 6, and three Wellingtons parked to the east of hangars 7 and 8 were left burning.
The driver of the tractor very courageously tried to tow one of the burning bowsers away from the storage tanks. He was one of the two fatalities among seven injured in the attack".

To find the full history of RAF Harwell just do a basic internet search for "RAF Harwell' and go to "RAF Harwell - Tom Brown's School Museum".

The other casualty of the air raid was, as shown above, AC2 Saunders.  He is buried in Nunhead Cemetery, London.

AUNDERS, EDWARD JOHN
Rank:Aircraftman 1st Class
Service No:702278
Date of Death:16/08/1940 Age:22
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: Screen Wall. Panel 14. Square 5. Coll. Grave 40363 Cemetery:NUNHEAD (ALL SAINTS) CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Mrs. M. A. Saunders, of Bermondsey.

I do not know which of these two brave men tried to drive the burning bowser away from the storage tanks - he deserved to be recognised.

Thank you to the RAF Commands website and the Uffington Museum website.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 12:08:25 PM »

Ernest Neville Pitt

Born 1910 Aston Manor, Warwickshire
Married Winifred E Funnell ¼ Sept 1934 Hastings

In 1911, with parents & elder sister at 102 Frederick Road Aston Manor.
Father was a Chauffeur Mechanic for Motor Tyre Manufacturer.

Probate. Of Orchard Cottage, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath. Admin to Winifred Neville Pitt, widow. Effects £660.

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