Hudson Garth (Harry) AINSLIE

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AINSLIE, Hudson Garth

Service Number: 405814
Enlisted: 21 June 1941, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 111 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 26 January 1923
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Accidental, Florence, Italy, 2 October 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

21 Jun 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 405814, No. 111 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
21 Jun 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Brisbane, Queensland

More information about the accident that caused Hudsons death

In summary, a 43 Squadron Spitfire piloted by South African Lt Duchen collided with a tanker on landing at night and overturned. Ainslie was helping to extricate him from the cockpit when another 43 Squadron Spitfire, flown by Flight Lieutenant Lowther, landed and smashed into the wreckage. Ainslie and Duchen were both killed and Lowther badly burned. Following this yet another 43 Squadron Spitfire hit the tanker, its pilot also being badly injured.
Died while trying to free a pilot from a burning Spitfire after a multiple landing accident at Florence."

The landing accident involved at least 3 Spitfires from 43 Squadron.


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Biography

Hudson Garth AINSLIE was born on 26th January, 1923, Sydney, New South Wales

His parents were Adam Richard AINSLIE and Josephine Beatrice BOLGER

He enlisted on 21st June, 1941 with the Royal Australian Air Force

Hudson was killed accidentally at Florence Airfield, Italy on 2nd October, 1944 (see story below for more details) - he is buried in Florence War Cemetery, Grave 1 D 3 - he is Honoured on the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in Brisbane, Queensland

His father Adamin Richard AINSLIE served in the first World War

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Courier Mail, Brisbane, 11th October 1944

DEATHS - AINSLIE - Killed at Florence, Italy, 2nd October, Pilot Officer Hudson (Harry) Ainslie  405814, R.A.F. beloved only son of A.R. and Mrs. Jose Ainslie,  No condolences.

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