|Pilot F/O Anthony Ashby Daniel, RAAF 243 (KIA / BR) Mount Lawly, WA
Wireless Operator Cpl Ivan Lapen Stowdor, RAAF 2474 (MIA / KIA)
Fitter Cpl Francis Ettiene Hyland, RAAF 3515 (KIA / BR)
Fitter Cpl Herman Fred Sass, RAAF 2560 (KIA / BR) South Perth, WA
Crashed May 16, 1940
Built by Avro as a Model 652 Anson. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number K6215.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1937 where it served with 23 Squadron and 25 Squadron before being assigned to 14 Squadron in 1939.
On May 16, 1940 took off from Pearce Airfield near Perth on a flight bound for Camden Airfield, but failed to arrive.
In 1941, the wreckage of this Anson was located by two settlers mustering sheep on Mount Torbreck near Eildon, Victoria. The remains of three of the four crew members were also located.
Pieces of the wreckage can still be found at the site. Some pieces have been collected near a memorial which has been erected near the site.
Stowdor is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA). He is commemorated on the Sydney Memorial, panel 7.
F/O Daniel's remains were creamted at the Springvale Crematorium and he is now commemorated on the Victorian Cremation Memorial, panel 3. Cpl Hyland is buried at the Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery at R.C. Plot. Compt. I. Grave 562. (GRM/3). Cpl Sass is interred at the Karrakatta Crematorium at H Wall. Niche 6 in Perth.
At the crash site is a memorial to those killed. There is a 2.4 km track to the memorial. In August 2014 after many years of neglect
The Courier Mail "Old RAAF Wreck Is Found" January 23, 1941
CWGC - Anthony Ashby Daniel
CWGC - Ivan Lapen Stowdor
CWGC - Francis Ettiene Hyland
Herman Fred Sass
ADF Serials - Anson A4-4
Loss of Avro Anson A4-4 Mount Torbreck by David Hibberts/Artworkz via Anthony Dykes [PDF]
RAAFDB - Anson A4-4
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018