William Wynward ADRIAN

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ADRIAN, William Wynward

Service Number: 769
Enlisted: 5 March 1940, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 1 Air Observers School (Cootamundra)
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 8 June 1913
Home Town: Longreach, Longreach, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia, 20 June 1941, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Cootamundra General Cemetery
Presbyterian Plot. Sec. AA. Row C. Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Innisfail Cenotaph
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World War 2 Service

5 Mar 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 769, Brisbane, Queensland
20 Jun 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 769, No. 1 Air Observers School (Cootamundra), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography

1 Air Observers School

Rank Flying Officer

Son of William George and Constance Mable Adrian, of Annerley, Queensland.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer William Wynyard Adrian 769 was the pilot of De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide aircraft A33-2 from Number 1 Air Observer School at Cootamundra during a navigation exercise when it crashed near the aerodrome.

It is thought that one engine cut out and that the pilot attempted to land the plane in a heavily timbered paddock a mile north-west of the aerodrome. The machine collided with a tree and Flying Officer Adrian was fatally injured.

Four RAAF airmen who were in the plane were injured: AC Reginald Harold Dick 32532 (Wireless operator), shock and abrasions / LAC Henry John Carter 405190 (Observer trainee), broken arm and shock / LAC Gordon Archibald Roberts (Observer trainee), shock and abrasions / LAC Horace Reginald Williams 404991 (Observer trainee), shock and abrasions

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