Sub Lieutenant Christopher Hutchins

Sub Lieutenant (A)  Christopher Newburgh- Hutchins, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was killed on Active Service in a flying accident on 1st March 1944 aged 22. He was the Ward of Captain R. G. Brown, C.B.E., R.N. and the late Mrs Brown of Weens House, Hobkirk and is buried in Fogo Churchyard, Fogo, Berwickshire. He had joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1941 and was commissioned in 1942 going on to serve in Malta and North Africa. He then joined 778 Squadron which was a Trials Unit based at R.N.A.S. Arbroath. He was piloting a Fairey Fulmar of the Fleet Air Arm and crashed near Winfield Aerodrome, Berwickshire whilst trying to land in a snowstorm. His Observer Sun Lieutenant J. A. Luke also died. They were on a training flight from the trials aircraft carrier H.M.S. “Pretoria Castle”. His headstone is inscribed ” Lovely and Pleasant in Their Lives and in Their Death They were Not Divided”. There are several military headstones in the churchyard and all are for flying personnel who died flying in or out of the nearby airfields of Charterhall and Winfield.

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