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Thread: 1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation

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    Pilot Officer Richard Frederick WIESENER (607) 1940-08-13 Australia Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney
    Aircraftman 1st Class Charles Joseph CROSDALE (6673) 1940-08-13 Australia Ellalong Cemetery
    Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward HITCHCOCK (115) 1940-08-13 Australia Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    Corporal John Frederick PALMER (2130) 1940-08-13 Australia Melbourne General Cemetery, Ca

    The aircraft, a RAAF Lockheed Hudson II bomber, was flown by an experienced Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer, Flight Lieutenant Robert Hitchcock. The aircraft, A16-97, had been in service with the RAAF since 20 June 1940, and was being operated by No.2 Squadron.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1940_C...a_air_disaster


    Casualties

    Brigadier Geoffrey Austin Street, Minister for the Army and Repatriation. A World War I veteran who had been awarded the Military Cross, Street entered Federal Parliament in 1934 and became Minister for Defence in 1938. With the onset of World War II, Street's portfolio was split, and he became Minister for the Army. He gained the Repatriation portfolio in 1940.

    James Valentine Fairbairn, Minister for Air and Civil Aviation. A pastoralist and accomplished aviator who served with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, Fairbairn was elected to Federal Parliament in 1933 and became Minister for Civil Aviation and Vice-President of the Executive Council in 1939. He was appointed Minister for Air at the onset of World War II, and regained the Civil Aviation portfolio in 1940.

    Sir Henry Somer Gullett, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research. A journalist until his enlistment in 1916, Gullett became Australia's official war correspondent for the AIF in Palestine in 1918. He was elected to Parliament in 1925, becoming Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 1929 to 1930, Minister for Trade and Customs from 1928 to 1929 and 1932 to 1933, Minister without portfolio from 1934 to 1937, Minister for External Affairs and Information from 1939 to 1940, and was appointed Vice-President of the Executive Council in March 1940.

    General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White, Chief of the General Staff. With a background of service with Australian forces in South Africa in 190203, White served as Chief of Staff to Generals Bridges and Birdwood during World War I. He became Chief of the General Staff in 1920 and, in 1923, was appointed the first chairman of the Public Service Board. White returned to the Army as Chief of the General Staff in 1940.

    Lieutenant Colonel Francis Thornthwaite, Staff Officer to General White. An officer in the Australian Army from 1910, Thornthwaite was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross for his service during World War I. He was serving as Army Liaison Officer on the General Staff at the time of his death.

    Richard Edwin Elford. Elford, who had a good knowledge of aeronautics, was Fairbairn's private secretary. Wanting to stay overnight in Melbourne to celebrate his first wedding anniversary, he traded places with Arthur Fadden, who instead took the overnight train.[5]

    RAAF crew:

    Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Hitchcock
    Pilot Officer Richard Frederick Wiesener
    Corporal John Frederick Palmer
    Aircraftman Charles Joseph Crosdale

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    Corporal Victor Eric DOWN (3148) 1940-08-15 76 Sqdn Australia Woronora General Cemetery, Sut

    Flying Officer Keith Ian MACDONALD (498) 1940-10-03 Australia Woodend Cemetery

    Leading Aircraftman Frederick Mervyn O'DONNELL (207816) 1940-10-03 Australia Burwood General Cemetery

    Leading Aircraftman Rodney Elmore MULLER (400006) 1940-10-03 Australia St. Kilda General Cemetery

    Aircraftman 1st Class Claude Vivian THOMSON (5087) 1940-09-25 Australia Brisbane General (Toowong) Cem

    Leading Aircraftman William Moore ASPINALL (402271) 1940-10-09 Australia Macquarie Park Cemetery And Cr

    Corporal Victor Eric Down (died Rose-
    mont Military Hospital, Brisbane, on October 2, following illness),


    Flying-Officer
    Keith Ian MacDonald (found shot at
    South Yarra on October 3),

    Aircraftman
    Frederick Mervyn O'Donnell (died Re-
    patriation General Hospital, Caulfield, on
    October 3, following Injuries received
    when struck by motor-car).

    Leading-Air-
    craftman Rodney Elmore Muller (killed
    In aircraft accident near Werribee on
    October 3),

    Aircraftman Claude Vivian
    Thomson (died Rosemont Military Hos-
    pital, Brisbane, on September 25, from
    Injuries received in motor-cycle accident),

    Leading-Aircraftman William Moore Aspinall (killed In aircraft accident at Tam-
    worth on October 9).

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    ading Aircraftman Cecil Joseph HARTMANN (14232) 1940-08-17 Australia Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney

    DEATHS
    HARTMANN. August 17th, 1040, Cecil
    Joseph, only child of Mr. and Mrs, Joseph
    Hartmann, at his residence. 88 Burwood-
    road, Concord, aged 29years.

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    Leading Aircraftman Clarence Roy LIEBKE (2604)

    Aircraftsman C. R. Liebke.
    The death occurred in Victoriu ou
    Wednesday of Leading Aircraftsman
    Clurcuce Roy Liebke, a member of
    the RA.A.F., who was stationed at
    LaYerton. He was a native of Too-
    woomba, and in April of last year
    married Miss Elsie May Roberts, of
    Dalby. Six months later Aircraftsman
    Lelbke met with a serious burning
    accident while working at Laverton,
    and he never fully recovered from
    the injuries he received

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    Leading Aircraftman Thomas TWEEDIE (404067)

    Wirraway A20-33 CA-1

    Flier Dies In
    Training Crash
    MELBOURNE, Saturday. Leading
    Aircraftman Thomas Tweedie, 22. of
    South Brisbane, was killed instantly
    when an RJLAJ. training plane
    crashed half a mile east of Wagga last
    night
    Tweedie, who was the only occupant,
    had been attached for five weeks to the
    service flying training school at Wagga,
    where he was doing his intermediate
    pilot's training.

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    Leading Aircraftman
    James Oliver BORAIN (404011)


    1940-09-06

    Australia
    Mount Thompson Crematorium
    Flying Officer
    John Francis Durban WESTON (252)


    1940-09-08

    Avro Anson RAAF S/n R3540 ... Pilot officer J.F.D Weston 23. Crew Lac. J.O Borain 18


    Flying Officer John Francis Wes-
    ton, instructor leading aircraftsmen
    James Oliver. Borain, and Leslie
    Robert Taylor were killed instantly
    when a RiA..F. training plane whicher
    they were flying crashed near Wagga.
    The three were single men, Taylor
    was 29 years, Weston 23, Borain 18.


    Borain site:http://adf-serials.com.au

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    Also on Avro Anson R3540


    (LAC) Leslie Robert Taylor who was a 29 year old insurance officer from St Peters, South Australia when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 27 May 1940. He was killed on 6 September 1940 when the Anson R3540 aircraft

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    Leading Aircraftman Dominick (Domenic) Thomas CAREW (6239)

    Aircraftman 1st Class Percy Francis PARBUTT (17525)



    Fifteenth Air Force Casualty List
    The fifteenth Royal Australian Ail'
    Force casualty list records four deaths
    and one serious injury. Those are:
    Aircraftsman D. Carew, Elementary
    Flying Training School, Narromine.
    Died of pneumonia, September 6.
    Flying Officer J. F. D. Western and
    Leading Aircraftsmen J. Q. Borain
    and L. R. Taylor, all of No, 2 Flying,
    Training School, Wagga, killed in air
    craft accident September 6.
    Aircraftsman P. F. Parbutt, of No.
    4, Recruit Depot, Western Australia,.
    Found on the beach at Perth with
    bullet wound in head, Conditionals
    serious,

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    Group Captain Thomas Anthony SWINBOURNE (19)


    MELBOURNE, Tuesday.
    The air force suffered a severe loss
    tonight when Group-Capt. T. A.
    Swinbourne died in a private hospital,
    aged 43 years, after a major opera
    tion.

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    Leading Aircraftman Kenneth George HOLDER (400225)


    Kenneth Holder (18), a pupil pilot at the Elementary
    Flying Training School, Narromine, suffered fatal injur
    ies when struck by a motor lorry on Saturday night.
    Holder died in the Dubbo District Hospital.
    Two companions, who were with him at the. time,
    and who are alleged also to have been struck, escaped
    serious injury.
    It.- is stated that the lorry involved
    was driven by Mr. Bernard J. Drew, of
    Ceres Park, Narromine.
    Holder, the son of Mr. and .Mrs.
    George C. Holder, of 54 Geoffrey Street,
    Coburg, Victoria, had arrived at the
    Training School only during the week.
    A Royal Australian Air Force am
    bulance rushed him to Dubbo, and he
    was admitted to hospital, but he suc
    cumbed to his injuries on Sunday
    night. ,
    The accident occurred between Nar
    romine and the Flying School, as Hol
    der and his two companions were go
    ing, back from the town.

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