LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Maurice Reuben John ANDERSON

Service No: 264993
Born: Randwick NSW, 20 March 1904
Enlisted in the RAAF: 30 March 1942
Unit: No. 11 Squadron
Died: Self-Inflicted Injuries, Waverley, New South Wales, 2 May 1944, Aged 40 Years
Buried: Botany General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Katherine Anderson, of Bondi Junction
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On 2 May 1944, Flying Officer Anderson shot and killed his wife Cabellia at their flat in Waverley before shooting himself. He had served overseas and the newspapers of the time reported that he was suffering from “war neurosis”.

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
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/3/209
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line
Trove (National Library of Australia) Various Newspaper articles

Bibliography:

McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991