David Gethen LANE

LANE, David Gethen

Service Number: 416343
Enlisted: 23 June 1941, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia, 26 January 1917
Home Town: Marryatville, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk Taxation Department
Died: Accidental, Northern Territory, 8 August 1944, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide Technical High School Old Scholars WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, No 2 Squadron RAAF Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

23 Jun 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 416343, No. 2 Squadron (RAAF), Adelaide, SA

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Mitchell A47-13 of Number 2 Squadron crashed near Adelaide River, NT while on a bombing training exercise

6 crewmen were killed (5 RAAF / 1 RAF - Flying Officer Kenneth Joseph Hadley 131581 Royal Air Force of 549SQN) and there was one survivor: the pilot - Flight Lieutenant Stanley Davies 415512 who was discharged from the RAAF 13 August 1945


Killed were:

Warrant Officer Arthur Keith Griesbach 415321 - son of Horst and Annie Esther Griesbach & Husband of Veronica Esther Griesbach of Inglewood, WA

Warrant Officer John Samuel McClelland Campbell 415227 - son of Samuel and Jean Campbell of Westonia, WA

Sergeant Frederick Hugh Conaghan 433289 - son of Joseph Vincent and Elsie May Conaghan of Rozelle, NSW

Flying Officer David Gethen Lane 416434 - son of Edwin and Gertrude Alice Lane of Marryatville, SA (passed away from his injuries on the 8th of August)

Pilot Officer Arthur Keith Buckland 7010 - son of Arthur Harold and Amy Louisa Buckland of Mount Hawthorn, WA (passed away from his injuries on the 19th of August)