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Location 2.4km ESE of Tarlee., Tarlee, Clare and Gilbert Valleys - South Australia, Australia
Type RAAF Acc
Description

An Avro Anson W2095 from 6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala, crashed into a field approx 1.5. Miles ESE of Tarlee

CREW-W2095:


29990



RICE Julian Patrick



SGT Pilot



From Jardee WA


284999



WESTON Ian Duncan



F/O Navigator



From Adelaide SA


419 836



LEWIS Cyril M



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Elwood VIC


429980



McDONALD Donald Neil



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Brisbane QLD

REPORTS:

Official summary:

W2095 was one of four aircraft that took off to undergo a night navigation exercise of two and a half hours: it carried no wireless (one completed the exercise the other two aircraft had aborted the flight and returned to Mallala earlier). During the flight the weather deteriorated badly, after flying in the vicinity of Eudunda on the last leg of his course, the pilot attempted to make his way back to Mallala. The aircraft crashed at 2305 hours. It is unknown what caused the accident, but the weather conditions were considered a primary cause of the crash.

Eyewitness:

Report 1 who was watching from his farm:

"It was a dirty night, between half ten and eleven, he came in low from the northwest towards our farm and circled the town. He then came in low over the oval and clipped the tops of the big gums we used to have around the oval, he tried to pull her up, it lifted a bit then dove straight into the paddock, we all ran to see if we could help but it burned as soon as it hit the ground, the poor buggers. We only found three bodies that night, we found the fourth bloke next day. I said to my mate that the left engine was on fire, but he said it was probably the exhaust, the engines were making a hell of a noise, really screaming they were."

Report 2 who was watching from his house:

"It didn't sound right, that's why I went out to in front yard, you couldn't see him at first, he was up in the clouds flying around, he came out of the clouds and it sounded like his engines were flat out as he headed across the oval, I think he might have hit one of the gums because the plane sort of jerked up and then dived into the paddock behind the town. Along with others that had seen or heard the plane we went to the crash, it was burning. You couldn't save anyone, a couple of bodies lay nearby."

Report 3 school boy:

"I heard the plane, it came close to our house then crashed, it sounded like a big thump. We went over after school the next day but it was nearly all burnt up and the police had a very tight security around the wreck and we couldn't get too close."

BURIALS/CREMATIONS


 



Cemetery



Plot



Row



Grave


Lewis C.M.



Mallala War Cemetery



B



D



3


McDonald D.N.



Mallala War Cemetery



B



D



4


Rice J.P.



Mallala War Cemetery



B



D



2


Weston I.D.



Mallala War Cemetery



B



D



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Inscription

Mallala Cemetery:

RAAF Crest

419386 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

C. M. LEWIS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 19

IN LOVE OF EMPIRE

PRIDE OF RACE

HIS SPIRIT LIVES FOREVER

RAAF Crest

429980 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

D. N. McDONALD

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 19

AT PEACE

WITH MANY GALLANT COMRADES

IN GOD'S HEAVENLY KINGDOM

RAAF Crest

29990 SERGEANT

J. P. RICE

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 21

ONE WHO NEVER

TURNED HIS BACK

BUT MARCHED BREAST FORWARD

RAAF Crest

284999 FLYING OFFICER

I. D. WESTON

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 27

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WESTON, Ian Duncan

Service number 284999
Flying Officer
6 Service Flying Training School
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 16 May 1916

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