Monteith Arvo Ansons R3542 and W2165 Crash Site Back to Search

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Location Monteith, The Coorong - South Australia, Australia
Type raaf_accident_site
Description

RAAF WW2 Crash Site

 

On Tuesday 4th August 1942 at 0950 hours, two Avro Ansons from 6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala, R3542 and W2165; collided in mid-air whilst performing low-level formation flying in a flight of three aircraft.

Crew: R3542


2366



WOTZKO Lawrence Vivian



F/O Flying Instructor



From Brighton SA


413187



COOPER Gordon



Sgt. Air Observer



From Leadville NSW


416929



CADD Leslie



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Kensington Park SA


416956



HAINES Norman Dudley



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Swan Reach SA

Crew: W2165:


406625



PHILLIPS Hugh Godfrey



Sgt. Flying Instructor



From Subiaco WA


413018



NICHOLS Mervyn John



Sgt. Air Observer



From Weston NSW


409484



SAY Colin McCall



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Benalla VIC


420056



RICHARDSON James Brignall



LAC Trainee Pilot



From Perthshire Scotland enlisted Sydney NSW

REPORTS:

Official: Summary:

The purpose of the flight was a cross-country exercise with the added task of formation flying; this would the first time any of the trainees underwent formation flying. 6 Ansons took off at 0815 hours for this purpose in two flights of three, during the flight to Tailem Bend (the last leg of the exercise) flight positions changed several times.

After initially flying at 2.5 wingspan distance the aircraft had closed to 1 wingspan formation training. At the time of the crash, R3542 was in No 1 position with W2165 coming into No 2 position from No3 after No 2 aircraft encountered a fuel problem and dropped out of formation; the flight had changed from V formation to Echelon Right formation at approximately 2,000 feet.

Observed from No3 aircraft the port wing of W2165 hit the tail plane then hit the wingtip of R3542 while closing in formation. The impact was such that it tore part of the tail plane and starboard wingtip from R3542, the aircraft crashed into willow trees on the north side riverbank in an inverted position. W2165 fell into approx 40 feet of water near the middle of the river.

Eyewitness:

Report 1 who was watching from the main road near his dairy farm:

"They were manoeuvring in and about each other… then there was this great bang. Of all the places to down they had to go down in the river. I was in a springcart with my infant daughter, as soon as it happened I galloped down there as fast as I could."

"The nearest plane came down in the swamp in front of my dairy property, hitting a stand of Willow trees and embedding itself in the watery surface."

"Two feet deep this mud was, I battled through it to the wreckage and pulled an airman from the shallow water but it was no good, they were all dead.

She (the plane) was all smashed up…it was all smashed up, the smell of petrol made you sick."

Report 2 who was watching from the main road:

"They had been flying around and changing positions, then one of them dropped back, then the other took his place and thump, the front two hit. Both planes dropped from my sight into the river, no flames or anything just bits and pieces falling with the planes."

Report 3 at the crash site:

"We pulled four out of the plane that hit the willows and two from the other one, little of the aircraft were salvageable. A barge went out the following day and retrieved some metal framework, but the two engines were not dredged up until a few years later."

NB: A discrepancy existed at the Inspectorate's departure on the 5th August and that of witness report 3. The Inspectorate stated that when he departed only the bodies from aircraft W2165 had been recovered.

On Friday August 27 1941 a report was given to the Murray Bridge Police of a body floating in the river four miles from Tailem Bend; the body of Sgt. Gordon Cooper was recovered that day.

On Sunday August 30 1941 a report was given to the Murray Bridge Police of a body of an airman caught in the willows and floating in the river approximately 200 yards from the scene of the crash; the body of LAC Leslie Cadd was recovered that day.

The bodies of Flying Officer Wotzko and LAC Haines were not recovered.

BURIALS/CREMATIONS


 



CEMETERY



PLOT



ROW



GRAVE


PHILLIPS H.G.



Centennial Park Crematorium



 



 



 


NICHOLS M.J.



South Maitland NSW



C of E



TT



217D


RICHARDSON J.B.



Mallala Cemetery



B



D



9


SAY C.McC.



Mallala Cemetery



B



D



10


CADD L.



Murray Bridge Cemetery



MAIN EAST DRIVE



 



350B


COOPER G.



Murray Bridge Cemetery



MAIN EAST DRIVE



 



349


HAINES N.D.



Sydney Memorial



Panel 7



 



 


WOTZKO L.V.



Sydney Memorial



Panel 5



 



 

 

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Inscription

Centennial Park War Cemetery:

1939 – 1945

THE SERVICEMEN WHO ARE HONOURED HERE DIED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

THEIR REMAINS WERE CREMATED AND THE ASHES SCATTERED OR REST

IN PLACES WHERE FULL COMMEMORATION COULD NOT BE GIVEN.

SERGEANTS

406625 PHILLIPS, H. G.

Mallala War Cemetery

RAAF Crest

420056 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

J. B. RICHARDSON

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 28

RAAF Crest

409484 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

C. M. SAY

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

23RD SEPTEMBER 1943 AGE 23

 NOT GOOD-NIGHT

BUT IN SOME BRIGHTER CLIME

BID ME GOOD-MORNING

Murray Bridge Cemetery:

RAAF Crest

416929 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

L. CADD

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

4TH AUGUST 1942 AGE 18

RAAF Crest

413187 SERGEANT

G. COOPER

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

4TH AUGUST 1942 AGE 27

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE

FOR HIS FRIEND

SYDNEY MEMORIAL

Panels to Flying Officer Wotzko and LAC Haines are located at Sydney War Cemetery in the grounds of the Rookwood Necropolis. The panels are to recognise (amongst others) those who perished and their remains not recovered. The inscription on a continuous frieze on the memorial states:

1939-HERE ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED IN THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA, ON LAND, AT SEA, AND IN THE AIR, BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH-1945

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HAINES, Norman Dudley

Service number 416956
Leading Aircraftman
No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 1 Jul 1917

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