CULLEN Arthur Samuel 406519

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Arthur Samuel CULLEN 

Service No: 406519
Born: Boulder WA, 19 October 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Station East Sale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Hudson aircraft A16-113), off the Victorian Coast, 4 May 1945, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Ada Cullen; husband of Olive Cullen, of Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At 1913 hours Friday 4th May 1945, Hudson A16-113 took off from East Sale on a night training flight via Paynesville, Patts River and return to East Sale.  The aircraft crashed into sea, with only a wheel and undercarriage washing up on a beach near Ocean Grange VIC.

The crew members of A16-113 were:

Flying Officer Arthur Samuel Cullen (406519) (Navigator)
Warrant Officer Leslie Hugh Hamersley (406216) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Francis James Egan Maughan (412561) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Raymond Charles Smith (431219) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Frank William Walker (449941) (Air Gunner)

References:

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, 135

Bibliography:

Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990
Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989