LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Albert John BAILEY

Service No: 409976
Born: Nareen VIC, 21 August 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 7 November 1941
Unit: Base Torpedo Unit, Nowra NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (Base Torpedo Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-27), Jervis Bay NSW, 14 April 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Nowra War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Frederick and Mary Bailey, of Coleraine, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Coleraine VIC
Remembered: Panel 111, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0955 hours on 14 April 1943, Beaufort aircraft A9-27 and A9-268 collided over Jervis Bay. All eight crew members from both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of A9-27 were:

Flight Sergeant Albert John Bailey (409976) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Raymond Sydney Green (408110) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Maurice Francis Hoban (409118) (Observer)
Pilot Officer Eric William Sweetnam (408077) (Wireless Air Gunner)

The crew members of A9-268 were:

Flight Lieutenant David George Dey (280627) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Jack Norman (407561) (Wireless Air Gunner acting Observer)
Sergeant Hugh Sydney George Richardson (410093) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Rex Lindsay Solomon (408149) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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 A9845, 176

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990