Clarence William (Clarrie) ANDERSON


ANDERSON, Clarence William

Service Number: 409880
Enlisted: 7 November 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Born: Yass, New South Wales, Australia, 6 October 1916
Home Town: Smithfield, Fairfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Moulamein Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Commercial traveler
Died: Accidental (training flight), Ontario, Canada, 30 September 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada
Plot 845, Grave No. 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 409880
7 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 409880, Melbourne, Victoria
30 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409880, No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

"In Memoriam.

ANDERSON.-In loving memory of dear Clarrie (Sergt.-Pilot C. W. Anderson, Australia 409880), killed at Campton, Canada, September 30, 1943, aged 26 years. Inserted by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Anderson, his sister, Trixie, and his niece and nephew, Dawn and Burdett." from The Sydney Morning Herald 30 Sep 1944 (

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, Pilot, age 26, killed and F/Sgt Brian Patrick Evans, Pilot, R.A.A.F. 417075 (/explore/people/514935), 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 (