Vincent Ambrose MCCARTHY


MCCARTHY, Vincent Ambrose

Service Number: 8940
Enlisted: 12 February 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Aircraft / Repair Depots
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 7 December 1909
Home Town: Ipswich, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Mt Macedon, Victoria, Australia, 9 May 1943, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booval War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 8940, Aircraft / Repair Depots
12 Feb 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraft / Repair Depots

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Michael Joseph and Bridget McCarthy, of East Ipswich, Queensland.


RAAF Avro Anson aircraft DG826 from Number 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton crashed at Black Forest, between Macedon and Woodend in Victoria - three crew were killed:

Flight Lieutenant Richard Craighton Hart 260719 (member appears in the book "Those Other Eagles" by Christopher Shores)

Sergeant Vincent Ambrose McCarthy 8940

Flight Lieutenant Warren Robert Brodrick 256823 (RAAF medical officer)

There was one survivor: Flight Sergeant Norman Eric Mutton 406575 (discharged from the RAAF in 1946)

It is believed that the crew lost their bearings in heavy fog and tall trees were grazed by a wing tip before the crash. The navigator was saved by being thrown from the plane and was taken to Woodend Bush Nursing Hospital with severe injuries.