A viewer of this website is trying to find information on his Grandfather, George Harry NEATE, who was an RCAF pilot in World War II.
The information known about George NEATE is that he was a Warrant Officer, Class 1. His Service Number was R/61198. He joined the RCAF in 1942 and was sent to Dunnville, Ontario, prior to being shipped overseas on September 6, 1942.
Warrant Officer NEATE was believed to be quite a card. He trained in Edmonton, Alberta and became a flight instructor. He and fellow pilot, Don MCLAUGHLIN were once severely reprimanded for flying UNDER the Dawson bridge in Edmonton.
George NEATE died November 6, 1942 and is buried in Grave 2 at Kirknewton (St. Gregory) Churchyard Cemetery.
The North East Aircraft Museum is documenting all the aircraft accidents in the counties of Northumberland and Durham. Warrant Officer NEATE crashed while flying a Miles Master NKI advanced training aircraft while with No59 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Milfield in the northern part of Northumberland near the Scottish Border. His aircraft was seen in a dive from which it failed to recover before it hit the ground at Howburn near the small village called Pressen, 3 miles SW of Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland.
George NEATE's grandson and wife traveled to England and Scotland and visited his grandfather's grave as well as the airfield he flew from. They will pass along some pictures of his grandfather to the North East Aircraft Museum.