Leading Aircraftman Alfred Derrick CROCKFORD

Service No: 431041
Born: Melbourne VIC, 5 October 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 May 1943
Unit: No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School, Temora NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School Tiger Moth aircraft A17-443), near Temora, 29 October 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Temora General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Louis Sylvester Crockford and Daphne Florence Crockford
Roll of Honour: Northcote VIC
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During a training flight on 29 October 1943, Tiger Moth A17-443 crashed at 1200 hours 8 miles west north west of the main aerodrome at Temora both the crew members were killed. A17-443 collided in full flight with A17-179 which was recovered.

The crew members of A17-443 were:

Leading Aircraftman Alfred Derrick Crockford (431041) (Trainee Pilot)
Pilot Officer Vivian Arthur Howard (414138) (Instructor Pilot)

The pilot of A17-179 was:

Leading Aircraftman Peter Roderick Armstrong (430744) (Trainee Pilot) Safe, Discharged from the RAAF: 22 September 1944


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, 166/8/276; A9845, 71

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