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  Avro Anson Serial Number A4-20  
RAAF
1 Air Observer School

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Justin Taylan 2006

Pilot  F/Lt Ernest Allan Shackell, 270755 (KIA, BR) Kedron, QLD
Navigator  F/O Trevor Llewellyn Woodgate, 405283 (KIA) Wondai, QLD
Passenger  W/O Edmund James Kiely Ahern, 404758 (KIA) Mitchelton, QLD
Trainee Navigator  Sgt Gordon Hill, 434747 (KIA) Toowong, QLD

Crashed  May 22, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Avro. Assigned Royal AIr Force (RAF) serial number K8799.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 1 Air Observer School. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 22, 1944 crashed at Njewrybar north of Ballina, near Bryon Head, NSW. Afterwards, approved to be scrapped on May 26, 1944.

Memorial
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the crash, the remains of the entire crew were recovered and buried at Evans Head War Cemetery Shackell at plot B row D grave 4. Woodgate at plot B. row C grave 5. Ahern at plot B. row C. grave 7. Hill at plot B row D grave 2.

At the crash site is a white stone memorial with a brass plaque dedicated to the crew.

References
ADF Serials - Anson A4-20

CWGC - Ernest Allan Shackell
CWGC - Trevor Llewellyn Woodgate
CWGC - Edmund James Kiely Ahern
CWGC - Gordon Hill
Thanks to Phil Bradley and Daniel Leahy for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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