Nurden Anderson (Don) CHOWNS

CHOWNS, Nurden Anderson

Service Numbers: Q130118, 426311
Enlisted: 23 February 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 13 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Murgon, Queensland, Australia, 27 November 1923
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: South Kolan & Rockhampton Schools
Occupation: Junior Clerk
Died: Accidental, Northern Territory, Australia, 27 January 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
D.D.4., Adelaide River War Cemetery, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of Townsville WW2 HR, Nambour Maroochy Shire War Dead Memorial
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World War 2 Service

23 Feb 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Q130118, Townsville
23 Feb 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, Q130118
26 May 1942: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Q130118
20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 426311, No. 13 Squadron (RAAF), Brisbane
20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 426311, No. 13 Squadron (RAAF)
27 Jan 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 426311, No. 13 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Ventura A59-84 of Number 13 Squadron RAAF crashed near Gould Strip, Batchelor, NT killing all on board:

Warrant Officer John Kay 403695 - Son of Duncan and Margaret Kay of Manly, NSW

Flight Lieutenant George Alexander Anderson 22465 - Son of William John and Ruby Georgina Marion Anderson of Dalby, Queensland

Flying Officer Nurden Anderson Chowns 426311 - Son of Francis and Helena Chowns of Nambour, Queensland

Flying Officer Charles George Watts 423956 - Son of Arthur Benjamin and Ellen Amelia Watts & Husband of Ruth Joyce Watts of Chatswood, NSW

Leading Aircraftman James David Pugh 46571 - Son of Thomas John and Mary Pugh & Husband of Dorothy Mary Pugh of Southern Cross, WA

Flying Officer Bruce Lionel Poole 425050 - Son of Lionel Arthur and Pauline Minna Poole of Coorparoo, Queensland

Parts from aircraft A59-84 are on display at the Darwin Aviation Museum


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Nurden Anderson CHOWNS was born in Murgon, Queensland on 27th November, 1923

His parents were Francis CHOWNS & Helena Nell ANDERSON

He first enlisted in the Army during WW2 and was discharged 3 months later to join the Air Force on 20th June 1942

He died in an accidental air crash in the Northern Territory of Australia on 27th Jnaury, 1945 and is buried in the Adelaide River War Cemetery - the plane was a PV-1 Ventura A59-84