Donald McPherson FORBES


FORBES, Donald McPherson

Service Number: 406753
Enlisted: 31 March 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Beverley, WA, 7 September 1915
Home Town: Beverley, Beverley, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Northampton, 24 October 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Geraldton War Cemetery, W.A.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 406753
31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 406753
31 Mar 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 406753
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 406753

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Pilot officer Forbes was a crew member in the Beaufort A9-314 aircraft, No.14 Squadron R.A.A.F., which was on a travel flight from Broome to Carnarvon when it became lost at night and crashed near Northampton, W.A.

Six Men Killed.
In an aircraft accident in this State on Sunday six members of the RAAF, including four from WA, were killed. Two members of the aircraft escaped uninjured.
The six who were killed were as follows:
RANDALL, Flying-Officer John Maxwell, of Queen's road, New Lambton, N.S.W..
FORBES, Pilot-Officer John McPherson, of Beverley, W.A.
BROCK, Flight-Sgt James, of Hallora, via Drouin West, Victoria.
ANDRE, LAC John Jeffery, of Andrews street, Esperance, W.A.
RASTON, Thomas Noel Ryder, of Kellerberrin, W.A.
SMITH, LAC Harold William, of Canning-highway, Perth, W.A.
Survivors are F/Sgt K.J. Clarke & F/Sgt J.J. Callaghan who parachuted to safety.