Flight Sergeant Edgar Alan BARSBY

Service No: 434121
Born: Brisbane QLD, 2 July 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 February 1945
Unit: No. 575 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Breadwell
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 575 Squadron Dakota aircraft KG630), Sussex, 6 February 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edgar and Olivia Vance Barsby, of Alderley, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 6 February 1945, Dakota KG630 took off from Breadwell on an operational flight and crashed at 1100 hours, near Folkington, Sussex, while flying in low cloud, and all on board were killed.

The crew members were:

Flight Sergeant Edgar Alan Barsby (434121) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Arthur Brock (R/218221) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Kenneth Gilbert Forseth (J/47421) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Pilot Officer Peter Matthew Oleinikoff (425544) (Pilot)

The passengers were:

Leading Aircraftman Frank Bainbridge (1045758) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Ronald Grayham Baldry (1724979) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Samuel Arthur Bamber (1019395) (RAFVR)
Corporal William George Blair (411154) (RNZAF)
Corporal Edwin Bruce Chadd (1194880) (RAFVR)
Corporal David Cooper (641383) (RAF)
Flying Officer Edward William Curtis (158453) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman William Daniel Davies (1470528) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Thomas Henry Floody (1542307) (RAFVR)
Corporal Colin Gibson (1515987) (RAFVR)
Corporal Gerald Ernest Nelson Ronald Lee (1258189) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Jack Neale (1880131) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Woolf Nerden (1440455) (RAFVR)
Pilot Officer Colin Alexander Rattay (189155) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Sydney MacKenzie Smith (R/167365) (RCAF)
Leading Aircraftman Robert Smith (1531489) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman George Stevens (1435018) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Albert Edward Dowler Wilkes (1577928) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman George Wilson (1481091) (RAFVR)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/5/933

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