Effingham War Memorials - St Lawrence - Post War
Capt Michael John Holyfield

Hassock commemorating Captain Michael John Holyfield
died 31 March 1965, aged 29.
Buried Tidworth Military Cemetery.
Commemorated on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

The Times April 2 1965

Three men killed when their Auster aircraft, flying from Middle Wallop, Hampshire, crashed at Broughton, Hampshire, were named yesterday. The pilot was Captain Michael John Holyfield, aged 29, whose parents Mr and Mrs SW Holyfield live at Guildford Road, Effingham, Surrey. The passengers were Sub-Lieutenant Michael John Vuolos, aged 25, married, Chauntsingers Road, Alton, Hampshire, of the Royal Naval Air Service at Culdrose, Cornwall, and Squadron Leader Gerald Jonas, aged 34, of RAF Station, Turnhill, Market Drayton, Shropshire.

The previous day The Times reported (dateline 31 March) that the pilot and two passengers died when an Auster aircraft from the Army Air Corps Centre, Middle Wallop, Hampshire, crashed and burst into flames in a field 20 yards from a cottage and farm buildings in Broughton, Hampshire. The aircraft narrowly missed the roof of the cottage after its wing tip had struck power lines below the crest of a hill. A witness said that the aircraft burst into flames just as he reached it and there was nothing that he could do.

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