RITCHIE, Elton Roy

Service Number: 421626
Enlisted: 28 February 1942, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay)
Born: Marrickville, New South Wales, 17 December 1923
Home Town: Strathfield, Strathfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Canada, 14 June 1943, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada
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World War 2 Service

28 Feb 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 421626, Sydney, New South Wales
14 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 421626, 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AJ992 crashed into the sea in bad weather about 20 km West of Cape Flattery - (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;

420751 Sgt. Allan Spencer LYNCH (/explore/people/636976) - RAAF of Bexley, New South Wales

126996 F/O George Cospatrick DOUGLAS-HOME (www.coldstreamhistorysociety.co.uk) - RAF of Coldstream, Scotland

151391 P/O Charles SUGDEN - RAF of Bradford, Yorkshire