Warrant Officer Henry James ADDISON

Service No: 413936
Born: Watsons Bay NSW, 19 July 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1941
Unit: No. 23 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 23 Squadron Vengeance aircraft A27-277), off Horn Island QLD, 4 May 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Jonathan and Josephine Catherine Addison, of Rose Bay, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During an anti-aircraft cooperation flight on the 4 May 1944, Vultee Vengeance A27-277 crashed about 200 yards off Horn Island in the Torres Strait. The engine of the aircraft failed at 3,000 feet and the Pilot endeavoured to make a forced landing on the beach but failed. The aircraft stalled at 300 feet and plunged into the sea and remained submerged apart from a small portion of the tail. Both the crew members were killed.

The crew members of A27-277 were:

Warrant Officer Henry James Addison (413936) (Navigator Wireless)
Flying Officer Sydney Larner Porter (412681) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/3/211; A9845, 223

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