Lynton Vennell Howard BIRT


BIRT, Lynton Vennell Howard

Service Number: 406823
Enlisted: 28 April 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 4 Service Flying Training School Geraldton
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 12 June 1917
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School
Occupation: Bank Officer
Died: Fatal Aircraft Accident, Clackline, Western Australia, Australia, 9 October 1942, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Perth War Cemetery and Annex
Plot N. Row A. Gravesite 8, Perth War Cemetery and Annex, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 1, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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28 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 406823, No. 4 Service Flying Training School Geraldton
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Perth, WA
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 406823


Lynton died not only in the service of Australia but for a friend. They were in training over Perth and his friend wanted some more time with his financee before going to Canada, so Lynton offered to fly instead. He was killed in an aircraft accident.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of George Edward Howard Birt and Genevieve Birt, of Nedlands.

Anson W2262 ex RAAF Station Pearce to RAAF Station Geraldton, after having completed Direction Finding exercises, crashed and burst into flames in the vicinity of Clackline WA at 0342Z (1142 hours local)  this day.  The occupants of the aircraft Flying Officer Birt (406823), Sergeant Nixon (414073), Sergeant Hugo (415255), and Sergeant Debenham (411295) were killed immediately.  The cause of the accident is obscure and a Court of Inquiry is being convened under Wing Commander D. MacLean as Air Accident Investigating Officer.  Squadron Leader Cooper of this Station, en route to RAAF Station Pearce at time of accident, instructed to proceed to scene of crash.