Thomas James Russell CROW

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CROW, Thomas James Russell

Service Number: 409818
Enlisted: 10 October 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: 2 Operational Training Unit (Mildura)
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, 24 April 1922
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Mildura, Victoria, 26 November 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Mildura Public Cemetery, Victoria
War Graves Plot C. Row B. Grave 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 2 Operational Training Unit (Mildura)
26 Nov 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 409818, 2 Operational Training Unit (Mildura), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

In Memorium Notices

CROW-On November 26, during manouvres, Flying Officer Thomas James Russell
Crow, Cambuslang, 36 Monomeath, avenue. Canterbury, devoted son of James and Agnes, dearly loved brother of Archie (A.I.F.) and Margaret, and loving brotherin-law. of Audrey, grandson of , the Rev. Thomas Brown. MA.

CROW - In .cherished and everlasting memory of Russell, killed in aircraft accident, much loved and loving nephew of Barbara Young, and loving cousin of Nancy Robertson, aged 21 years -Sweet memories.

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of James and Agnes Hamilton Crow of Canterbury, Victoria

Flying Officer Crow was the pilot of Kittyhawk aircraft A29-80 of Number 2 Operational Training Unit which crashed into a large dead tree while performing a low level flying exercise 20 miles west of Mildura

Kittyhawk A29-80 previously served with 76 SQN and participated in the battle for Milne Bay, in September 1942 it was flown by Sergeant Loudon on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Island

In May 1943 the aircraft ground looped on landing after a training flight wrecking the undercarriage and damaging the port wing, engine cowling and airscrew - following repairs it was allocated to 2 OTU

Reference:  ADF Serials http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a29b.htm

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