David Andrew BLACKLEY


BLACKLEY, David Andrew

Service Number: 39009
Enlisted: 26 March 1941, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Minyip, Victoria, Australia, 8 July 1911
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School Teacher - Narridy, SA, Australia
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Archerfield Airfield, Queensland, Australia , 27 March 1943, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Lutwyche Cemetery Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Grave Location: ANZ-7-75-51, ANZAC Portion - 7/Section 75/Grave 51.
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook WW2 Memorial, Narridy and District Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

26 Mar 1941: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 39009
26 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 39009, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of David Andrew and Mary Caroline Blackley

Husband of Maisje Olevina Blackley of Woodville, SA


Douglas DC3 (C-47) VH-CTB, A30-16 (A65-2) of 36 Squadron RAAF Townsville was involved in a fatal accident at Archerfield Aerodrome with a total of all 23 personnel on board killed making this the 10th Worst Air Disaster in Australia (see ozatwar for more info).  The crew of four RAAF personnel were killed as were all passengers consisting of 17 Australian and 2 American personnel.

RAAF Personnel:

400454 Flying Officer Alexander Kenn Arnold (pilot) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant Joseph Hammond (co-pilot) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant Lyle Carter Morgan (Wireless Operator) 36 Squadron RAAF

LAC Samuel Ivan Wiles (Fitter) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant John Atherton HQ North Eastern Area, Townsville

LAC Thomas William Beckley 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

Pilot Officer David Andrew Blackley 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC John Edward Chinner 3 Fighter Sector, Townsville

Sergeant Robert William Tylden Chisholm 1 Reserve Personnel Pool, Garbutt

LAC Kevin Francis Flanagan 9 Mobile Fighter Sector, Milne Bay

LAC Charles Paton Eric Fly 12 Signals Unit, Townsville

Sergeant Max Irvenia Thomas Jarvis 28 Radar Finding Unit, Fitzroy Island, Cairns

LAC Terrence Joseph Kelly 12 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC Kenneth Owen Paton 11 Squadron, RAAF

Pilot Officer Alfred Tatlock 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC Geoffrey Frederick Waters 1 Transport and Movement Office, Sydney

Corporal Thomas Keith McDowell Watt 28 Radar Finding Unit, Fitzroy Island, Cairns

WAAAF Personnel:

Corporal Violet May Gunning WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

Corporal Ruth Ada Hills WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

ACW Florence May Jackson WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

Australian Army Personnel:

Lieutenant Irwin Leo Smith A.C.M.F. 2 L. of C. Sub Area, Australian Headquarters

US Army Personnel: Major Eugene H. Halliwell (0-393127) and 1st Lieutenant Francis M. Skinner (0-430024)