Joseph George CROWE


CROWE, Joseph George

Service Number: 417811
Enlisted: 18 July 1942, Adelaide
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF Mildura
Born: Alberton, South Australia, 22 March 1923
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Aircraft accident, Golgol, New South Wales, Australia, 26 July 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Mildura Public Cemetery, Victoria
War Graves Plot C. Row A. Grave 7
Memorials: Adelaide Technical High School Old Scholars WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sydney Commonwealth Bank Adelaide Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 417811, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide
26 Jul 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 417811, No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF Mildura, Empire Air Training Scheme
26 Jul 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF Mildura
Date unknown: Involvement


Pilot-Officer J. G. Crowe, of Franklin, South Australia, was killed when an aircraft crashed during training exercises in southern New South Wales.

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Henry George and Isabel Grace Crowe of Franklin, South Australia

He  was the Pilot of Kittyhawk aircraft A29-300 of Number 2 Operational Training Unit which crashed at the Gol Gol gunnery range.  When diving at the target Pilot Officer Crowe pulled out too late and the aircraft hit the ground on the flat of its belly became airborne again and spun in from a low height exploding on impact.

Kittyhawk aircraft A29-300 was allocated to 2 OTU in March 1943 - in April it suffered extensive damage when turning across the runway the tail wheel and then the port undercarriage retracted.


Reference:  ADF serials