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|Pilot FLGOFF Alfred Sydney Knapman, 400806 (KIA, BR) Ivanhoe, VIC
Crashed June 1, 1944
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors number 867. During March 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-12 Boomerang serial number A46-44.
On March 8, 1943 assigned to No. 1 Air Depot (1 AD) and the next day assigned to 84 Squadron.
On June 13, 1943 this Boomerang piloted by P/O Christopher G. Turner crash landed at Horn Island Airfield due to break failure and hit a fuel dump.
On August 30 1943 assigned to 1 Repair and Salvage Unit (1 RSU) for an engine change. On September 8, 1943 returned to 84 Squadron and four days later assigned to 86 Squadron. On October 1, 1943 assigned to 5 Squadron.
On April 8, 1944 assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) based at Mildura Airfield. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 1, 1944 took off from Mildura Airfield piloted by FLGOFF Alfred Sydney Knapman on a training flight. During the flight, this Boomerang suffered an aerial collision with Boomerang A46-14 and crashed west of Mildura. Afterwards, the wreckage was received by 5 Central Recovery Depot (5 CRD) and approved for conversion to parts.
Small pieces of wreckage from this aircraft remain at the crash site.
Knapman was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Mildura Cemetery (Nichols Point) at plot C, row B, grave 8.
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-44
World War Two Nominal Roll - Alfred Sydney Knapman
CWGC - Alfred Sydney Knapman
Aviation Heritage - Boomerang A46-44
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional research and information
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