Henry Maurice Mason was born on 30 September 1921 in Waipawa, New Zealand.
He joined No. 486 Sqn from OTU as a Flying Officer in January 1944. On 27 April he did a wheels-up landing at Castle Camps in SA-H (JN792) after engine failure. Mason was ok but JN792 was scrapped. Then there was a summer of actions against V-1s.
He was briefly posted to No. 197 Sqn on Typhoons before becoming a commanding officer of No. 183 Sqn in January 1945. He then received further rapid promotion in February, being appointed Wing Leader of 135 Wing, back on Tempests. He was awarded a DFC, gazetted on 14 September 1945.
Returning to New Zealand after the war, unable to settle back into his previous life as a mechanic, and returned to the UK to join the RAF. On 19 July 1948, returning from France in a Vampire after taking part in the Bastille Day celebrations, he and his aircraft disappeared and he was listed as missing, believed killed in a flying accident.
Mason's victories in Tempest
|Date of Claim||Type Claimed||Aircraft Serial No.||Location of Claim||Unit||Note|
|4 July 1944||V-1||SA-E (JN805)||S Rye||486 Sqn|
|4 July 1944||1/2 x V-1||SA-M (JN809)||S Hastings||486 Sqn|
|7 July 1944||V-1||SA-I (JN732)||SW West Maling||486 Sqn|
|13 July 1944||V-1||SA-I (JN732)||Tenterden||486 Sqn|
|13 July 1944||V-1||SA-I (JN732)||Bexhill||486 Sqn|
|14 July 1944||1/2 x V-1||SA-I (JN732)||Bexhill||486 Sqn|
|5 Aug 1944||V-1||SA-L (JN801)||7-8m S Newchurch||486 Sqn|
|24 Feb 1945||Fw190||NV933||OG Plantlünne||135Wg||Damaged|
|11 April 1945||E/A||nk||Fassburg||135Wg|
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