Leading Aircraftman Robert John CRANSTON

Service No: 408277
Born: New Town TAS, 26 December 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1941
Unit: No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF Station Point Cook VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident, (No. 1 Service Flying Training School Oxford aircraft AT644), Werribee VIC, 8 May 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Hobart (Cornelian Bay) Public Cemetery, TAS
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Berthram Cranston and Violet Alice Cranston, of Hobart
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During low level bombing practice near Werribee on 8 May 1942, Oxford AT644 hit a tree and crashed at 1350 hours, killing all three crew members who were:

Leading Aircraftman Robert John Cranston (408277) (Trainee Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Eric Kenneth Gilbert (408281) (Trainee Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman John Albert McKenzie (407904) (Trainee Pilot (Designated Pilot))


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, 239