Port Pirie RAAF K9380 and L5654 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 Friday 27th August 1943 at 14300 hours, two Fairey Battles K9380 and L5654 from No2 Bombing and Gunnery School collided in mid-air 10 miles west of Port Pirie.

Crew: K9380:


428024



JOHNS Robert Henry



SGT Pilot



From Hobart TAS


432548



GARDINER John Douglas



LAC Trainee Air Gunner



From Baradine NSW


419616



GRANT Lewis



LAC Trainee Air Gunner



From St Kilda VIC


432506



GRIFFITH Reginald David



LAC Trainee Air Gunner



From Earlwood NSW

Crew: L5654:


423173



NINNESS Gordon Norman



SGT Pilot



From Cessnock NSW


122157



VENABLES Cyril Albert



AC1 Armament assistant, drogue operator



From Laura SA

REPORTS:

Official: Summary:

During gunnery exercise, the aircraft collided in mid-air. The crews were killed instantly, cause of the crash unknown.

 

BURIALS/CREMATIONS


 



CEMETERY



PLOT



ROW



GRAVE


GARDINER J. D.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



8


GRANT L.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



4


GRIFFITH R. D.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



5


JOHNS R.H.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



9


NINNESS G. N.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



6


VENABLES C.A.



Port Pirie SA



C



D



7

 

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Inscription

Port Pirie General Cemetery:

RAAF Crest

432548 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

G. D, GARDINER

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 18

HE DIED

THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

RAAF Crest

419616 LDG.AIRCRAFTMAN

L. GRANT

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 19

MAY HIS DEAR SOUL

REST IN PEACE

RAAF Crest

4325O6 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

R. D. GRIFFITH

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 18

HE DIED AS HE LIVED - NOBLY

SADLY MISSED BY

MUM AND DOREEN

AND JUDITH

RAAF Crest

428024 SERGEANT

R. H. JOHNS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 19

"AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM

NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN"

RAAF Crest

423173 SERGEANT

G. N. NINNESS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 19

EVER READY TO SERVE

HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

RAAF Crest

122157 AIRCRAFTMAN 1

C. A. VENABLES

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

27TH AUGUST 1943 AGE 18

HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

TOO DEARLY LOVED

TO BE FORGOTTEN

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JOHNS, Robert Henry

Service number 428024
Sergeant
Born 27 Jul 1924

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