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.”


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

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