Leonard Jack HACKETT


HACKETT, Leonard Jack

Service Number: 170901
Enlisted: 19 October 1944
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: 5 Communication Unit RAAF (Garbutt)
Born: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 9 April 1926
Home Town: Ballina, Ballina, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 13 November 1945, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
E.B.7. , Townsville War Cemetery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Byron Bay Memorial Gates
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 170901
19 Oct 1944: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 170901, RAAF Ground Training Units
19 Oct 1944: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 170901
13 Nov 1945: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, 5 Communication Unit RAAF (Garbutt)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Test flight of Number 5 Communications Unit Beaufort Mk V111 aircraft A9-733 - on entering the circuit area at RAAF Station Garbutt in Townsville the aircraft lost height rapidly, crashed and burst into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all occupants were killed instantly:

Squadron Leader Francis Henry Wann Robilliard 1973 (Pilot) - Son of Eleanor Gertrude Robilliard & Husband of Phyllis Margaret Robilliard of Millswood, SA

Pilot Officer Andrew James Turton 414176 (Navigator) - Son of William and Agnes Park Turton of Nambour & Husband of Gwendoline Elizabeth Turton of Cremorne, NSW

LAC Russell Aubrey Ballard 72572 - Son of George Claude and Alice Amelia Ballard of Bowraville, NSW & Husband of Hazel Joyce Ballard of Bowraville, NSW

LAC Basil Colin Hely Crocker 453125 - Son of Edward Basil and Miriam Louise Crocker of Goondiwindi, Queensland

LAC Eric Francis Dunne 441124 - Son of Henry Noble Dunne and Agnes Grace Dunne of Bundaberg, Queensland

LAC Leonard Jack Hackett 170901 - Son of George Allen Hackett and Ivy Elizabeth Hackett of Byron Bay, NSW

LAC Frederick Robinson Palmer 46793 - Son of Richard and Eliza Palmer & Husband of Myrtle Margurette Palmer of South Perth, WA