Lawrence Andrew FLYNN


FLYNN, Lawrence Andrew

Service Number: 411766
Enlisted: 25 May 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No 2 Air Navigation School
Born: Glenhuntley, Vic., 11 July 1921
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Patent Clerk
Died: Accidental, Loxton, SA, 24 September 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Mildura Public Cemetery, Victoria
Plot C. Row A. Grave 12.
Memorials: Alawoona RAAF Avro Anson W2481 Crash Site, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

25 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 411766, Aircrew Training Units
24 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 411766, No 2 Air Navigation School, Empire Air Training Scheme

Details of Crash that took his life

It was at about quarter to nine on Friday evening that residents of the Noora district heard the engine of a plane cut out and a whistling sound as the drone of the engine ceased.
A crash followed, but there was nothing to indicate just where the aircraft had come to earth.
Mr. Harry Edwards, on whose property the plane was subsequently located, on Section 128 Hd. Gordon, about three miles from Noora, set out in his car and was soon joined by a number of other citizens, and a search party was organized.

At about 1.15 on Saturday morning the searchers came upon the scene of the tragedy. The plane was found lying on its back in an open paddock. The bodies of Obst and the observer were located under the wrecked craft and the pilot and
navigator lay some 70 or 80 yards away. The plane had apparently been travelling in a south-westerly direction, and is believed to have been a training plane from a Victorian station.

After studying the police report the Loxton coroner (Mr. A. M. Hilbig) deemed an inquest unnecessary. The -cause of the crash remains undisclosed, though those who visited the vicinity after the plane had been located found small fragments of what appeared to be portion of an aeroplane over a distance of about a mile from
where the plane eventually came to rest. A piece of a wing was found about a quarter of a mile from the wrecked aircraft. On Monday it was learned that the
plane was now under armed guard awaiting the arrival of a vehicle from Victoria to transport it to an Air Force station. The bodies of the airmen were removed in an Air Force ambulance which came from the Eastern State.

Murray Pioneer Thursday 30 September 1943 page 1

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of David Thomas Flynn and Wilhelmina McKay Flynn, of Glenhuntly.