LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer David Campbell ANDERSON

Service No: 400453
Born: Horsham VIC, 5 February 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1940
Unit: Ferry Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Honeybourne
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Hudson aircraft V9127), Wales, 10 February 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Aberstwyth Cemetery, Cardiganshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of David and Florence Campbell Anderson, of Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Horsham VIC
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 10 February 1942 Hudson V9127 took off from Honeybourne detailed to carry out a non-operational navigation exercise. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off, and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at 1330 hours near Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of V9127 were:

Pilot Officer David Campbell Anderson (400453) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Gordon Robert Duncan (R/69109) (RCAF) (Observer)
Sergeant John Hammond Harker (1360531) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Ronald Hodgson (1310359) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)

A Flying Accident Report stated “a possible cause of the crash was bad weather condition with the pilot flying at low altitude in hilly conditions.”

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/22/118