William Glen CADD


CADD, William Glen

Service Number: 140268
Enlisted: 11 May 1943
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 28 February 1925
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, 22 March 1944, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Charters Towers Cemetery, Qld
Plot A. Row B. Grave 4, Charters Towers War Cemetery, Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Zinc Corporation Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

11 May 1943: Involvement SN 140268
11 May 1943: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
11 May 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 140268
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Arnold Glen Cadd and Jane Williams Cadd of Broken Hill, NSW

RAAF Beaufort Mark VIII A9-452 departed from Number 13 Aircraft Repair Depot (13ARD) at Breddan airfield on a transit flight to Number 6 Aircraft Depot (6AD) at Amberley

The aircraft crashed amongst some trees 5 miles SE of Fanning airfield after the starboard engine developed a severe vibration and caught fire whilst in flight. The pilot was unable to feather the starboard airscrew and could not maintain altitude.

The five RAAF personnel on board were located in the vicinity of the wreckage, all suffering from severe burns. They were transported by RAAF tender to 116th Australian General Hospital in Charters Towers. Flight Lieutenant Campbell, the Medical officer of 13ARD, met up with them en-route to the hospital.

The aircraft’s pilot was Pilot Officer Donald William Ferguson 416943 of Number 2 Aircraft Park - he was seriously injured and died on 22 March 1944, the day after the crash

13ARD General Hand LAC William Glen Cadd 140268 was a passenger on the aircraft.  He was seriously injured and also died on 22 March 1944

Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Charles Sykes 418203 was a Navigator on board as a passenger - he was seriously injured and died from his injuries on 23 March 1944


The aircraft’s Navigator - Flight Sergeant John Neil Wise 408494 - was seriously injured but recovered; discharged in May 1945 with the rank of Warrant Officer

Flight Sergeant Roy Herbert Williamson 413920 was a Pilot on board as a Passenger, he was slightly injured - discharged in February 1946 with the rank of Flying Officer