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  Avro Anson Serial Number AX420  
RAAF
1 Air Observer School

Pilot Sgt. Bruce Edmond Walker, 411414 (KIA, BR) Wahroonga
Aircrew
LAC Ivan Rodway Rojahn, 414263 (KIA, BR) Boonah
Aircrew
LAC Harold Malcolm Sauerbier, 413902 (KIA, BR) Coraki
Aircrew
LAC Allan Sidorenko, 414297
(KIA, BR) East Warwick
Crashed  April 14, 1942 at 9:30am

Aircraft History
Built by Avro. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AX420.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), but this aircraft was never allocated an RAAF "A4-" serial number. Assigned to 2 AD on February 6, 1942. Next, to 2 AP on March 16, 1942. Assigned to 1 Air Observation School (AOS) on April 10, 1942. No known nickname or nose art.
 
Mission History
On April 14, 1942 took off on a a triangular flight over hills with light fog and cloud. In the air, visibility was not good and this Anson was probably following rail line or the Hume Highway. One other plane in the formation had cut short the flight and diverted due to low visibility.
This Anson crashed and exploded at 9:30am roughly 15 miles north of the Gunning-Crookwell Road, NSW.

 Wreckage
After the crash, the RAAF recovered all main bits from crash site. The remaining fragments were picked up by locals as souvenirs.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the crash.
Walker at Cootamundra General Cemetery at C. of E. Plot. Sec. AA. Grave 218. (GRM/2).
Rojahn at Mount Thompson Crematorium at columbarium wall 3. Sec 5. Private D/Niche 89.
Sauerbier at Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde at C. of E. Plot. Sec. 5. Grave 2507A. (GRM/2).
Sidorenko 
at Warwick General Cemetery at C. of E. Port. Sec. B. Grave 110.

At the crash site in Gunning is a memorial plaque paid for by the council and donations.

References
ADF Serials - Anson AX420

RAAFDB - Anson AX420
Oz @ War - Crash of an Avro Anson near Gunning
CWGC - Bruce Edmond Walker
CWGC - Ivan Rodway Rojahn
CWGC - Harold Malcolm Sauerbier
CWGC - Allan Sidorenko
Articles in Goulburn Post and Canberra Times 11/11/96 by Bob Piper

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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