Richard Henry ROE


ROE, Richard Henry

Service Number: 400488
Enlisted: 14 September 1940
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: Aircraft / Repair Depots
Born: Benalla, Victoria, 2 August 1917
Home Town: Benalla, Benalla, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Melbourne, Victoria, 4 September 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Benalla War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 400488, Aircraft / Repair Depots
14 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Cyril Melbourne Roe and Jennie Roe of Benalla, Victoria


RAAF Vultee Vengeance aircraft A27-76 from Number 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton was performing as part of an aerial display over Flemington racecourse when it experienced difficulties and crashed into houses on McCauley Street in North Melbourne - both crew were killed: Flight Lieutenant Roe DFC 400488 (Pilot) & Pilot Officer Harris 400432 (Observer)


FLTLT Roe was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his operational skill against the enemy in the SWPA while flying with 30SQN - he is mentioned in the book “Coomalie Charlie’s Commandos - 31 Squadron RAAF Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43”