Sergeant Murray Alexander CHALMERS

Service No: 431488
Born: Kerang VIC, 14 August 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 July 1943
Unit: No. 100 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 100 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LL952), North Sea, 21 May 1945, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert Dickson Chalmers and of Lilian Chalmers, of Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Kerang VIC
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lancaster LL952 took off from Elsham Wolds on 21 May 1945, detailed to carry out an air firing training exercise. The aircraft ditched five miles east of the Donna Nook firing range, and all the crew were killed. Two bodies were recovered and other five crew members have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

The crew members of LL952 were:

Sergeant Ivor John Calverley (1814318) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Murray Alexander Chalmers (431488) (Navigator)
Sergeant Phillip Gapper (1853287) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant William Peter Gibson (1800407) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Mervyn Peter Jones (153077) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant James Wilfred Montague (1802239) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Frederick Augustus Padmore (1837441) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)


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, 166/7/1004

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