Port Pirie RAAF Avro Anson MG217 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 Sunday 31st December 1944 at 1050 hours, an Avro Anson MG217 from No3 Air Observer School crashed 2.75 miles north of the Port Pirie Aerodrome.

Crew: L5653:


441283



KINSMAN Mervyn John



SGT Pilot



From Perth WA


416282



POLGREEN Sven Robert



F/O Wireless Air Gunner



From Normanville SA


435332



CAMPBELL Lawrence Gordon



LAC Trainee Navigator



From Rockhampton QLD


438964



McCALLUM Robert Bruce



LAC Trainee Navigator



From Footscray VIC

REPORTS:

Official: Summary:

During a turn the port mainplane sheared off outboard of the port engine nacelle, probably due to excessive loading during the turning manoeuvres.

Eyewitness:

No eyewitness report recorded.

NB:

1.        It was discovered much later that the glue in the wings of Avro Ansons had deteriorated to such a degree to render many aircraft unsafe and probably contributed to the accident.

2.        Sergeant Kinsman although seriously injured in the accident survived the crash and was discharged from 3AOS on 16 November 1945 with the rank of Flight Sergeant.

BURIALS/CREMATIONS


 



CEMETERY



PLOT



ROW



GRAVE


CAMPBELL L. G.



Port Pirie SA



C



C



12


McCALLUM R. B.



Port Pirie SA



C



C



13


POLGREEN S. R.



Port Pirie SA



C



C



14

 

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Inscription

Port Pirie General Cemetery:

RAAF Crest

435332 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

L. G. CAMPBELL

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

31ST DECEMBER 1944 AGE 19

IN OUR HEARTS

WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

RAAF Crest

438964 LDG. AIRCRAFTMAN

R. B. McCALLUM

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

31ST DECEMBER 1944 AGE 19

OUR BELOVED SON

IN A GARDEN OF MEMORY

WE MEET EVERY DAY

RAAF Crest

416282 FLYING OFFICER

S. R. POLGREEN

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

31ST DECEMBER 1944 AGE 25

HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

SO DEARLY LOVED

FOREVER REMEMBERED

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CAMPBELL, Lawrence Gordon

Service number 435332
Born 16 Mar 1925

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MCCALLUM, Robert Bruce

Service number 438964
Born 22 Dec 1925

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POLGREEN, Sven Robert

Service number 416282
Flying Officer
Born 17 Nov 1919

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