Raymond Jack BLACKIE


BLACKIE, Raymond Jack

Service Number: 403309
Enlisted: 6 January 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 19 March 1922
Home Town: Bondi, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: North Bondi,NSW; Ararat District HIgh scool, Victoria; Randwick Intermediate High School, NSW
Occupation: Assistant Motor Mechanic
Died: Accidental plane crash, Williamtown, New Wouth Wales, 27 April 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery
Plot E, Row D, Grave 10
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 403309
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 403309, Sydney, New South Wales
17 Jul 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 403309, Embarked at Sydney, New South Wales for UK and Canada

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Father Walter Jack Blackie and Mother Mabel Florence Blackie,
lived at Bondi, New South Wales.

Sports played: Swimming, Football, Cricket, Shooting

Flew with the Aero Club, New South Wales

North Bondi Public Primary School, NSW
Ararat Disctrict High School, VIC
Randwick Inter High School, NSW

Described on enlisting as 18 years 9 months of age; single; 5' 4" tall; 130 lbs;
medium complexion; grey eyes; dark hair; Church of England

06/01/1941  enlisted into WWII RAAF in Sydney, NSW

Appointed as a Sergeant with 2 Operational Training Unit, Mildura

17/07/1941  embarked at Sydney for Canada and UK

08/11/1941  received Flying Badge

20/11/1941  embarked for UK ex Canada
07/12/1941  disembarked at Halifax
22/02/1943  disembarked at Melbourne ex UK and USA for overseas

Plane was a Spitfire EE676 near Williamtown, New South Wales

At 01320 hours on 27 April 1943, two F.VC Spitfires from No. 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) at Mildura, on detachment to Williamtown in New South Wales, collided whilst reforming to do some line astern chase training exercise 3 miles south west of Williamtown Airfield, killing 21 year old pilot, Sergeant Raymond Jack Blackie (403309) when his Spitfire A58-120 (EE676) spun into the ground. Sgt Dudley Albert Grinlington (408842) in Spitfire A58-93 (BS232) was able to land safely and received no injuries.

The RAAF "Preliminary Report (External) of Flying Accident or Forced Landing" showed the Probable Cause as "Carelessness and error of judgement". However Norman Crook who was posted to Williamtown as an Armourer Assistant and was present when the accident happened has a more detailed recollection of the cause of the collision.

Norman explained that one Spitfire went up and over losing power, and then fell backwards toward the ground. The other Spitfire then cut off the falling Spitfire's tail which attached itself to the cannon which both Spitfires had on one wing each. The Spitfire which had the tail attached piloted by Sgt Dudley Grinlington, then landed which Norman said was a miracle in itself.

27/04/1943  died in plane accident

buried in:     Sandgate War Cemetery, Sandgate, Newcastle, NSW
                   Plot E. Row D. Grave 10

His name is commemorated on Panel 112 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/03/2017.  Lest we forget.