Meningie RAAF Avro Anson W2370 Crash Site

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Location Lake Albert, Meningie, The Coorong - South Australia, Australia
Type raaf_accident_site
Description

RAAF WW2 Crash Site   Lake Albert, Meningie          

On Wednesday 3RD June 1942, an Avro Anson W2370 from 6SFTS Mallala ditched in Lake Albert, all the crew were killed.Crew: W2370:

REPORTS:

Official: Summary: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/ItemsListing.aspx

The crew of Anson W2370 became disoriented with failing light and ditched into Lake Albert near Meningie. Eyewitness reports indicate that the aircraft did not sound as if it had any mechanical problems. As darkness increased the aircraft circled the lake and township several times before crashing into the lake.

Eyewitness:

He was flying around in the dark and we knew he was in trouble, the word quickly went out and we tried to get people to go to the paddock and switch on their vehicle lights, but owing to the blackouts on them it could not have been easy to see, we had no radio. I think he must have been running low on petrol because he seemed to become desperate; we had the lights of the town on so at least he could see them and kept well away and crashed into the lake, they were all killed. We searched all next day, the RAAF blokes and police came out.

BURIALS/CREMATIONS

ANDERSON F. E.
Benalla Cemetery VIC
PLOT A SECTION Presb. GRAVE 351

BUTLER W. S.
Young Cemetery NSW
PLOT C18 SECTION RC. GRAVE 10

MYERS J. G.
West Terrace Cemetery SA
RC Western Ext.
SECTC18 Row TT Grave 217D

WADLOW G. W.
Centennial Park Cemetery SA
Plot X, Row D, Grave 13

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Centennial Park Cemetery:

Effigy of RAAF Crest

403968 SERGEANT

G. Y. WADLOW

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

3RD JUNE 1942 AGE 22

AT THE CLOSE OF DAY

AND IN THE MORNING

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

West Terrace Cemetery:

Effigy of RAAF Crest

411245 SERGEANT

J. G. MEYERS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

3RD JUNE 1942 AGE 25

DEEP IN OUR HEARTS

A MEMORY IS KEPT

OF ONE WE LOVED

& NEVER FORGET

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MYERS, Joseph Gray

Service number 411254
Sergeant
Born 1 Jun 1917

BUTLER, William Stanley

Service number 412898
Leading Aircraftman
Born 11 Jun 1920

WADLOW, Graeme Yeoman

Service number 403968
Sergeant
No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 2 Nov 1919

ANDERSON, Finlay Emmerson

Service number 401888
Sergeant
No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 15 May 1922

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