Stanley Kirk SIMS


SIMS, Stanley Kirk

Service Number: 28071
Enlisted: 23 May 1940, Port Pirie
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 18 June 1921
Home Town: Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Springsure, Queensland, Australia, 16 November 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: North Rockhampton Cemetery, Qld
Plot A. Row A. Grave 11
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook District WW2 Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook WW2 Memorial
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1940: Involvement SN 28071
23 May 1940: Enlisted Port Pirie
16 Nov 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

LAC Stanley Kirk Sims 28071 of 452SQN

Son of Charlie and Grace Sims of Crystal Brook, SA

Husband of Clarice Dawn Sims of Camden, NSW


USAAC Dakota C-47A (C-47-20-DL, VH-CGK, #42-23420 possibly named Pushy Cat) of the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group left Batchelor airfield headed for Archerfield airfield in Brisbane. The aircraft broke up in mid-air during a violent storm over Rewan Station south of Springsure in Queensland killing all on board:

USAAC (Crew):

2nd Lieutenant Raymond E. Anglin (Pilot) (0-665501)

2nd Lieutenant Joseph W. Kennedy (Co-pilot) (0-680036)

Sergeant Frank J. Ropinski (Aerial Engineer)

Sergeant Harold L. Baumstein (Radio Operator)

Sergeant Robert L. Adkins (passenger)


Australian Army (passengers):

Lieutenant Harley Horace Lockie (NX151680)

Lieutenant Ross Rowsell (NX107453)

Sergeant Victor Frederick Bishop (NX82074)

Sergeant Thomas William Davey (VX69200)

Sergeant William Joseph Parker (NX133213)

Gunner William Howard Dorman (QX24775)

Private Andrew Henry Mildren (QX52001)


Royal Australian Air Force (passengers):

Flight Lieutenant Roy Edgar Abbot (264204)

Flight Lieutenant Albert Ernest Watkin (405265)

Sergeant Ronald Keith Pitchford (410850)

Corporal William Brady (35720)

Corporal Francis Paul Morris (71310)

LAC John Given Maxwell (21638)

LAC Stanley Kirk Sims (28071) 452 Sqn