Charles John DAVIS


DAVIS, Charles John

Service Number: 420864
Enlisted: 6 December 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units
Born: Waverley, New South Wales, 16 December 1914
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Patricia Bay, British Columbia, Canada, 23 May 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada
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World War 2 Service

6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 420864, Sydney, New South Wales
23 May 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 420864, Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AN142 swung while attempting landing with the starboard engine out, caught fire and burned out - (Information sourced by Doug Rollins)

"...the Hampden Bomber had a known design flaw - the twin rudders were too small and if the pilot tried to bank at slow speed it would “yaw”, slide sideways and often not recover." - Peter Brand

Other Crew members who perished in that accident;

418499 Sgt. Colin Lisle BISHOP (/explore/people/620142) - RAAF of Albury, New South Wales

422565 Sgt. Reginald John HUGHES (/explore/people/633145) - RAAF of Young, New South Wales

1577871 Sgt. Alan Robert MARLOW - RAF of Kettering, Northamptonshire