Sergeant Robert Frederick Arding DOWNES

Service No: 402660
Born: Camden NSW, 28 August 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 September 1940
Unit: No. 1 Middle East Training School (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Middle East Training School Hurricane aircraft Z4031), Egypt, 7 October 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Rupert Frederick Arding Downes and Katie May Elizabeth Coghill Downes, of Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Camden NSW
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Macarthur Park – Stone Arched Gateway, Camden NSW

On a non-operational flight on 7 October 1942, Hurricane Z4031 crashed at 1415 hours four miles north west of El Ballah aerodrome and Sergeant Downes was killed. According to a Pilot flying in the same formation, Downes pointed to his instrument panel, then tried to land on a piece of flat sand. The engine was giving off black smoke turning to white smoke, and the starboard under carriage was lowered. The aircraft capsized on landing.


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, 163/103/257
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Winter, V.A. (Vincent Adams) (408547) Noble Six Hundred: the story of the Empire Air Training Scheme with special reference to Australians who trained in Southern Rhodesia, V.A. Winter Brighton VIC 3186

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