Pilot Officer Richard George BANKS

Service No: 405564
Born: Blackall QLD, 25 December 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: No. 7 Squadron, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 7 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-151), Christmas Hill VIC, 15 April 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Springvale Necropolis, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Francis and Jessie Florence Banks, of Blackall, Queensland; husband of Ada Jean Banks, of Blackall
Roll of Honour: Blackall QLD
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At about 2300 hours on 15 April 1942, Hudson A16-151crashed at Christmas Hill, near Yarra Glen, Victoria, and all five crew members were killed. The cause of the accident is unknown. The crew members of A16-151 were:

Sergeant Alan William Amey (401876) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Richard George Banks (405564) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Keith William Higgie (40512) (Supernumerary)
Pilot Officer Ronald Loris Nall (411367) (Observer)
Sergeant Norman Leslie Thomas (416109) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 163/23/114


Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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