Robert William Tylden CHISHOLM

CHISHOLM, Robert William Tylden

Service Number: 408563
Enlisted: 27 April 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Warburton, Victoria, Australia, 31 December 1916
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft Accident, Archerfield Airfield, Queensland, Australia , Amberley, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 27 March 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane, Qld
ANZ 7 75 55, Lutwyche Cemetery, Lutwyche, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, 408563
27 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 408563, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

'TWENTY-THREE service personnel, including three members of the W.A.A.F., were killed when a Royal Australian Air Force transport air- craft crashed near Brisbane early on Saturday morning. There were no survivors The aircraft was on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, and crashed into heavy timber soon after taking off in the dark. It was destroyed. Of the 23 killed 17 were members of the R.A.A.F., one was an Australian Army officer, and two were U.S. Army officers.


Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Charles Robert Tylden Chisholm and Emma Lillian Chisholm of Warburton, Victoria

Douglas DC3 (C-47) VH-CTB, A30-16 (A65-2) of 36 Squadron RAAF Townsville was involved in a fatal accident at Archerfield Aerodrome with a total of all 23 personnel on board killed making this the 10th Worst Air Disaster in Australia (see ozatwar for more info).  The crew of four RAAF personnel were killed as were all passengers consisting of 17 Australian and 2 American personnel.

RAAF Personnel:

400454 Flying Officer Alexander Kenn Arnold (pilot) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant Joseph Hammond (co-pilot) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant Lyle Carter Morgan (Wireless Operator) 36 Squadron RAAF

LAC Samuel Ivan Wiles (Fitter) 36 Squadron RAAF

Sergeant John Atherton HQ North Eastern Area, Townsville

LAC Thomas William Beckley 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

Pilot Officer David Andrew Blackley 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC John Edward Chinner 3 Fighter Sector, Townsville

Sergeant Robert William Tylden Chisholm 1 Reserve Personnel Pool, Garbutt

LAC Kevin Francis Flanagan 9 Mobile Fighter Sector, Milne Bay

LAC Charles Paton Eric Fly 12 Signals Unit, Townsville

Sergeant Max Irvenia Thomas Jarvis 28 Radar Finding Unit, Fitzroy Island, Cairns

LAC Terrence Joseph Kelly 12 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC Kenneth Owen Paton 11 Squadron, RAAF

Pilot Officer Alfred Tatlock 20 Signals Unit, Townsville

LAC Geoffrey Frederick Waters 1 Transport and Movement Office, Sydney

Corporal Thomas Keith McDowell Watt 28 Radar Finding Unit, Fitzroy Island, Cairns

WAAAF Personnel:

Corporal Violet May Gunning WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

Corporal Ruth Ada Hills WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

ACW Florence May Jackson WAAAF Brisbane W/T Station

Australian Army Personnel:

Lieutenant Irwin Leo Smith A.C.M.F. 2 L. of C. Sub Area, Australian Headquarters

US Army Personnel: Major Eugene H. Halliwell (0-393127) and 1st Lieutenant Francis M. Skinner (0-430024)


The DC-2's had been allocated the series A30 by the RAAF and when the first DC-3's arrived on the scene they had initially been allocated the same RAAF Series No. This was due to be rectified at a later stage when the A65 Serial No. was allocated to them. Thus VH-CTB was scheduled to be renumbered to A65-2 after 17 April 1943.