Leading Aircraftman John Christopher CHANTLER

Service No: 422931
Born: West Maitland NSW, 27 February 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 June 1942
Unit: No. 5 Service Flying Training School, Uranquinty NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Service Flying Training School Wirraway aircraft A20-584), The Rock NSW, 8 August 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Wagga Wagga War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank and Ena May Chantler, of Raworth
Roll of Honour: West Maitland NSW
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Morpeth District Memorial, Morpeth NSW

On 8 August 1943, Wirraway aircraft A20-215 and A20-584 had a mid-air collision 3 kms west of the Rock (near Uranquinty), New South Wales, resulting in three fatalities. The crew members were:


Leading Aircraftman John Christopher Chantler (422931)
Warrant Officer Frank Kenneth Smith (407450) (Pilot)


Leading Aircraftman Raymond Thomas Cooper (428633)
Pilot Officer Leonard Hardie White (413809) (Pilot) Killed in an aircraft accident, 26 November 1943


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, 174
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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