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    On 14 October 1942, an Anson - serial AW849 - of 2 AOS crashed 5 miles west of Tantanoola and it said that there were three fatal casualties.

    The pilot was Pilot Officer Baxter Watson 27 RAAF but I cannot find the names of the other pair, although as a long shot, I can find Flight Sergeant Lloyd John Wellington 21 RAAF. I have looked on the CWGC, using the advanced search option by date, but none of the other names thrown up seems to match the incident.

    Please can anybody give me a steer as to who the other casualties were. I have been through the National Archives of Australia to get the basic accident information.

    Colin Cummings

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    Ancestry.com has a slightly useless database of Australia Death Index records, useless in that it only allows search by year and registration area, location. Os I can't seem to convince it to fine that date for me only.

    For the two men above any way it has different amounts of data:

    Name: Lloyd John Wellington
    Death Date: 1942
    Death Place: New South Wales
    Father's Name: Stephen Lloyd
    Mother's name: Clemo Ada
    Registration Year: 1942
    Registration Place: Wentworth, New South Wales
    Registration number: 30800


    Name: Baxter Watson
    Death Date: 14 Oct 1942
    Death Place: South Australia
    Registration Year: 1941-1945
    Registration Place: South Australia
    Page Number: 5574A
    Volume Number: 656

    Give a list of the names and see what we can come up with.

    Does the roll of honour on the AWM return a list of names for that training unit?
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    I've just looked there now and the AWm RoH lets you search by date and only Watson appears under that 14 oct 1942 date.

    Next likely is a 21st Oct 1942 death of John Ottwell Rowse Worrall 416054 of 6 SFTS


    Name: John Ottrell Royle Worrall
    Death Date: 21 Oct 1942
    Death Place: South Australia
    Registration Year: 1941-1945
    Registration Place: South Australia
    Page Number: 5818G
    Volume Number: 656

    Same Volume as Watson at least
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    Doing record search in Australian NA for Watson's serial number throws up casualty file for:

    Summary heading
    AYRES R L (Sergeant); Service Number 409014

    Descriptive note
    CARROLL J H (Sergeant); Service Number 416243
    WATSON B (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 411417

    ???? They must have been injured presumably?
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    There is a memorial at the crash site which shows the crew members who parachuted as R L Ayres and J H Carroll

    http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=19000ab9-b38f-4132-a7f7-393aa8bf5706

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    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for the information and advice you have given on this Thread.

    The information about the unit for the aircraft and its pilot is different but I am content that I have the right pilot and the right aircraft.

    Following through, I now believe there were no other service fatalities in this accident and the other two men recorded, did abandon the aircraft safely. When I make up the record idc, I shall summarise the discussion and so anyone reading it will know the possibility that the official record is wrong.

    Thank you again.

    Colin Cummings

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