Leading Aircraftman Ronald Kenneth CROTHERS

Service No: 411126
Born: Parramatta NSW, 16 March 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: No. 5 Bombing and Gunnery School (RCAF), Dafoe, Saskatchewan
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Bombing and Gunnery School Fairey Battle aircraft 2068), Saskatchewan, 1 December 1941, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Humboldt Municipal Cemetery, Saskatchewan
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry and Ivy May Crothers, of Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Parramatta NSW
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 1 December 1941, Fairey Battle 2068 was engaged in carrying out a routine gunnery exercise on splash targets in Range No 2. The aircraft was seen to turn away from the targets and then suddenly at about 1515 hours, crashing into the ice on the lake about half a mile from the shoreline. Two of the crew were killed and Leading Aircraftman Crothers died of his injuries.

The crew members of Battle 2068 were:

Leading Aircraftman Colin Alfred Coles (404953) (Trainee Pilot)
Sergeant Joseph Leandre Gilles Cote (R/56362) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Ronald Kenneth Crothers (411126) (Air Gunner) Fatally injured


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, 163/98/380

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