Brian Patrick EVANS


EVANS, Brian Patrick

Service Number: 417075
Enlisted: 6 December 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Born: Thebarton, South Australia, 31 January 1923
Home Town: Hilton, City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Public servant
Died: Accidental (training flight), Ontario, Canada, 30 September 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: St Michaels Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada
Plot 156, Grave No. 1
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

6 Dec 1941: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 417075
6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 417075, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Feb 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 4 Initial Training School, Completion of Course No 23 “B” Squadron, Flight 12
30 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 417075, No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala, Empire Air Training Scheme
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

"Death of Air Force Member.

Another of our members to meet his death in the R.A.A.F. is Bro. Brian Patrick Evans, of Hilton, member of Queen of Angels Branch, Thebarton. Brian was an instructor in the Empire Air Training Scheme, and was killed in an air accident in Canada, where he was buried last Saturday. Joining the society as a juvenile member, he transferred to the adult branch on October 28, 1940. He was an altar
boy for many years at the Queen of Angels Church, and his family suf fered the loss of his father only two months ago." 
from Southern Cross 8 Oct 1943 (

Court of Inquiry or Investigating Officer's Report Findings - Summary No. 2092.

Harvard Mk. II s/n 3128 crashed a mile north of Camden, Ontario at 11:00 hours. Both pilots were up on a mutual instrument practice flight and reported: 

"A/C went into steep dive at terrific speed, unable to recover completely and entered low cloud line striking trees and crashing killing both pilots."

Conclusion of A.I.B.

"Cause - Obscure - This accident was almost certainly due to failure to recover from unauthorized aerobatics." SOURCE (


Sept. 30: Harvard 3128, 1 mile north of Campden at 1100 hrs. Cause obscure. This accident was almost certainly due to failure to recover from unauthoized aerobatics. Plane went into a steep dive at a terrific speed, unable to recover dompletely and entered low cloud line striking trees and crashing, killing both pilots. 2 fatalities.

F/Sgt Clarence William Anderson R.A.A.F. 409880 (/explore/people/618092), Pilot, age 26, killed and F/Sgt Brian Patrick Evans, Pilot, R.A.A.F. 417075, age 20, killed. Clarence Anderson's burial took place in the Military Plot in Riverside Cemetery, Dunnville. Brian Evans burial took place in the Military Plot in St. Michaels Cemetery, Dunnville. SOURCE (