Port Pirie RAAF L5640 Crash Site Back to Search

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Location Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia
Type raaf_accident_site
Description

On Thursday 20th May 1943 at 0940 hours, a Fairey Battle L5640 from No2 Bombing and Gunnery School crashed immediately north of the Port Pirie Township.

Crew: L5640:

421805 HAMPSTEAD Lessel John SGT Pilot, from Sth Killarney QLD

46528 DORE Gordon Leslie LAC Armament Fitter from Kirup WA

116103 GILMORE Aloysius Patrick LAC Aircraft Hand from Jamestown SA

REPORTS: Official: Summary:

During a drogue towing exercise, the aircraft was initially observed flying low over the western end of the town, difficulties were encountered as the pilot attempted to find a clear landing area and crashed at the western end of Federation Street. The crew were killed instantly, cause of the crash unknown.

LAC Gilmore was the drogue operator; LAC Dore was detailed to learn the duties of a drogue operator.

Eyewitness:

"I remember hearing the aeroplane in trouble and saw it clip the power lines as he came in low trying to land, it crashed and all on board were dead."

BURIALS/CREMATIONS CEMETERY PLOT ROW GRAVE

DORE G. L. Port Pirie SA C D 11

GILMORE A. P. Port Pirie SA C D 10

HAMPSTEAD L. J. Port Pirie SA C D 12

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Inscription

Port Pirie General Cemetery:

RAAF Crest

46528 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

G. L. DORE

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

20TH MAY 1943 AGE 23

PROUD AND LOVING MEMORIES

OF OUR GOOD AND NOBLE SON

RAAF Crest

116103 LDG.AIRCRAFTMAN

A. P. GILMORE

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

2OTH MAY 1943 AGE 18

A NOBLE SON

BOTH TRUE AND BRAVE

NOW LIES HERE

IN AN AIRMAN'S GRAVE

RAAF Crest

421805 SERGEANT

L. J. HAMPSTEAD

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

20TH MAY 1943 AGE 19

TRANQUIL HE LIES

HIS MEMORY HALLOWED

IN THE LAND HE LOVED

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GILMORE, Aloysius Patrick

Service number 116103
Born 21 Jul 1924

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DORE, Gordon Leslie

Service number 46528
Born 26 Mar 1921

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HAMPSTEAD, Lessel John

Service number 421805
Sergeant
Born 13 Feb 1924

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