Maxwell COX

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COX, Maxwell

Service Number: 424379
Enlisted: 12 September 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: RAF Conversion Units
Born: Tingha, Guyra - New South Wales, Australia, 5 April 1917
Home Town: Tingha, Guyra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Training Accident - air crash, Trefor,Llyn Peninsula,Untited Kingdom, 3 September 1944, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Chester, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

12 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 424379, Aircrew Training Units
3 Sep 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 424379, RAF Conversion Units , Empire Air Training Scheme

Crash site location

In 1996 there was a knock on my door one evening and it was the daughter of Flying Officer Maxwell Cox 424379. I live in Llangollen,Norh Wales ,United Kingdom. She had been told of my interest in WW2 crash sites and wondered if I had any info on the crash (3/9/1944)

I live nearby to Trevor and told her that no Halifax bomber had crashed there,but after a while I realised that it was Trefor on the Llyn Peninsula which was about 80 miles away. She asked if we could go there but from many years experience, I knew the terrain would be very inhospitable. She was returning to Australia soon after and I told her I would plan to find the site on my next trip. My friend and I discovered the site and I wrote to tell her but received no reply.

If anyone knows a relative Of Maxwell Cox or indeed any other crew member,I would love to hear from them.

I visited the site again last week and there is nothing to be seen there now.

It is a stark reminder of the tragic accidents that happened in the Welsh hills on training exercises. The crews were unaware of the mountains in bad weather and when desperate for a visual fix, dropped below the statutory height level to try and find where they were.

I paid my respects there to a very brave crew who were nearing the end their operations.
We will never forget them.

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