Leading Aircraftman Algie John BOURKE

Service No: 37323
Born: Sydney NSW, 13 February 1904
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 June 1941
Unit: No. 15 Repair and Salvage Unit
Died: Ground Accident, Ward’s Strip PNG, 22 November 1942, Aged 38 Years
Buried: Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Joseph and Gertrude Marion Bourke; husband of Selina Ann Bourke, of Stockton, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Stockton NSW
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 22 November 1942, Leading Aircraftman Bourke, a Guard was killed, when along with 20 others, he was assisting moving a crashed Beaufighter aircraft with a damaged undercarriage on Ward Strip, Port Moresby. The undercarriage collapsed and Leading Aircraftman Bourke was pinned between the engine cowling and the wheel and died almost immediately.


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, 163/93/802

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