Mount Gambier RAAF Arvo Anson W2020 Crash Site Back to Search

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Details

Location Mount Cole Ararat Victoria, Mount Cole, Ararat - Victoria, Australia
Type raaf_accident_site
Description

RAAF WW2 Crash Site.

 

On Thurday 21st May 1942 at 1030 hours, Avro Anson W2020 from 2 Air Observer School, Mount Gambier, crashed near Mount Cole.

Crew: W2020


406619



ILLINGWORTH Edward Hope



FSGT Pilot



From Narrogin WA


409119



HOLMAN George William



PO Navigator



From Melbourne VIC


416435



LENIHAN Denis Aloysius



SGT Instructor



From Mitcham SA


414269



SNELL Edwin Cyril



LAC Student Observer



From Brisbane QLD


405932



POTT Arthur Edmund



LAC Student Observer



From Brisbane QLD

REPORTS:

Official: Summary:

Aircraft appears to have hit trees during period of poor visibility. LAC Pott was the only survivor; suffering a broken arm and lacerations.

Eyewitness:

The aircraft was flying in low cloud, visibility was about 100 feet as the aircraft descended slowly to find a land mark for navigation when it crashed at a slight angle into the ground

NB: Pott A.E. completely recovered from the accident but was killed on operations with 2 Squadron on 4th November 1944, his name is listed on Panel 7 of the Northern Territory Memorial.

BURIALS/CREMATIONS:


 



CEMETERY



PLOT



ROW



GRAVE


HOLMAN G. W.



Cheltenham General Cemetery VIC



C of E



172



28


ILLINGWORTH E. H.



Melbourne General Cemetery VIC



C of E



Sect. BBA



15


LENIHAN D. A.



West Terrace Cemetery SA



RC East



A



58A


SNELL E. C.



Mount Thompson Crematorium QLD



Columbarium Wall



Sect. 7



Niche 525

 

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Inscription

West Terrace Cemetery:

OUR GALLANT WATCHERS OF THE SKIES

OFT WANDER INTO PARADISE

GOD CALLS, HEAVEN LIES IN PROSPECT WIDE

LO! THEY ARE STANDING BY HIS SIDE

In Memory of

DENIS LENIHAN R.A.A.F.

LOVED HUSBAND OF NAN

WHOSE DEATH OCCURRED ON SERVICE

WITH HIS SQUADRON 21ST MAY 1942

R.I.P.

NB: The CWGC plaque is missing

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HOLMAN, George William

Service number 409119
Pilot Officer
Born 30 Sep 1909

SNELL, Edwin Cyril

Service number 414269
Leading Aircraftman
Born 17 Dec 1916

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SNELL, Edwin Cyril

Service number 414269

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LENIHAN, Denis Aloysius

Service number 416435
Sergeant
Born 21 Jun 1910

ILLINGWORTH, Edward Hope

Service number 406619
Flight Sergeant
Born 1 Jul 1919

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