ANDERSON Charles Vernon 1875

LEST WE FORGET 

Pilot Officer Charles Vernon ANDERSON

Service No: 1875
Born: 24 April 1916, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Unavailable
Unit: No. 25 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 25 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-125) off Fremantle WA, 19 February 1941, Aged 24 years
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Nicholas Rogerson Anderson and Agnes Anderson, of Narrogin. B.Eng. (W.A.).
Buried: Karrakatta General Cemetery WA
Roll of Honour: Narrogin WA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Pilot Officer Anderson was one of the first six pilots trained from October 1938 to September 1939 at the newly opened RAAF Station Pearce.

Wirraway aircraft A20-125, whilst carrying out searchlight exercise at Fremantle, struck water when turning to avoid searchlight beam, resulting in death of pilot, Pilot Officer Ronald James Sykes (908) and passenger Pilot Officer Charles Vernon Anderson (1875).  Machine written off.

No. 25 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 19 February 1941

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth) On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 105

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991