Burgh pilot died in crash

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A WORLD War Two pilot from Helensburgh died in 1944 as the result of an accident.

Flying Officer Hew Morrison was killed in a Hurricane aircraft on July 27 1944 over Ollerton Park and is buried in Faslane Cemetery.

Aged 21, he was the son of James Douglas Morrison and of Jean MacKay Mackenzie Morrison of Helensburgh.

His Hurricane, PG536 of 83 Operational Training Unit Peplow, had a mid-air collision with Hurricane LF327 of 42 OTU, based at Hawarden.

It is believed that the accident was a case of bad timing, as one of the Hurricanes was descending through cloud as the other was flying just underneath it, and they collided.

The other pilot, P/O W.H.Skelton, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, also died.