Leading Aircraftman Victor Vernon DARBY

Service No: 418354
Born: Waktah, India, 28 February 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 May 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier, SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Air Observers School Anson aircraft W2574), near Nhill VIC, 13 May 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Nhill Public Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Gladys Darby; husband of Myra Amelia Darby, of East Malvern.
Roll of Honour: East Malvern VIC
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Brother of Corporal Wilfred Kenneth Darby (11241)

On 13 May 1943, Avro Anson W2574 dived into the ground at a steep angle and at high speed 14 kms east of Nhill, killing all on board.

The crew members of W2574 were:

Leading Aircraftman Victor Vernon Darby (418354) (Aircrew II)
Sergeant David Richard James Edwards (417295) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Victor Keith Jordan (408457) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Harold Wilfred Rash (427546) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Leonard Fraser Gillespie Seabrook (406878) (First 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, 78

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