Sergeant William Charles ARTHUR

Service No: 61516
Born: Yahl Paddock SA, 13 July 1906
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 December 1941 (at Parkes NSW)
Unit: No. 2 Wireless Air Gunners School, Parkes NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Wireless Air Gunners School Douglas DC2 aircraft A30-7), near Parkes, 15 June 1942, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Parkes General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edmund William, and Margaret Ann Arthur, of Prospect, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Whyalla SA
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During a series of take-off and landing exercises on 15 June 1942, Douglas DC2 A30-7 crashed at 1015 hours from approximately 200 feet one quarter of a mile from the northern boundary of the aerodrome at Parkes. Four of those on board lost their lives and others were injured.

On board A30-7 were:

Sergeant William Charles Arthur (61516) (Pilot, Supernumerary)
Flight Lieutenant Norman Charles Philip Blight (366) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Harold Robert Irving Cox (Supernumerary) (689) Fatally injured: Died 16 June 1942
Aircraftman Class I Martin Gilday (63372) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 15 April 1946
Corporal Norman Henry Harris (37296) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 11 April 1945
Pilot Officer Cyril Richard Neil Lewis (3889) (First Pilot) Fatally Injured, Died: 20 June 1942
Aircraftman Edwin Robert McPhee (18885) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 22 November 1945
Leading Aircraftman John Joseph O’Donnell (42276) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 30 November 1945
Corporal Lionel Bruce Sharpe (4776) (A31365) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 19 September 1961
Leading Aircraftman Ernest Thomas Ryan (42292) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 12 December 1945
Aircraftman Class I Donald James Slatter (43622) (Supernumerary) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 25 March 1946


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, 163/88/120; A9845, 119; A705, 32/18/95 (court of inquiry)

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