LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Evariste Pierre DUBOIS

Service No: 402982
Born: Matcham NSW, 14 July 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 269 Squadron (RAF) Kaldadarnes, Iceland
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 269 Squadron Hudson aircraft T9469), Iceland, 29 January 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Reyjavik (Fossvogur) Cemetery, Iceland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Louis Marc Dubois and Hilda Grace Dubois, of Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Gosford NSW
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Gosford Cenotaph, Gosford NSW

On 29th January1943, Hudson T9464 crashed at 0637 hours when taking off from Kaldadarnes aerodrome. The aircraft was detailed to carry out a night anti-submarine patrol. Flying Control said the aircraft took off in the normal manner. Eye witnesses stated that the both engines appeared to cut out immediately after take-off when the aircraft was at a height of about 150 feet. The aircraft crashed on the surface ice of a river finally coming to rest on the side of the river bank. Three of the crew members were killed and one was dangerously injured in the crash.

The crew members of T9464 were:

Flight Sergeant Evariste Pierre Dubois (402982) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer George Wilbert Henry Ebert (J/16265) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Charles Oliver Hunter (406395) (Wireless Air Gunner) Dangerously injured: Discharged from the RAAF: 23 April 1945
Flight Sergeant Derrick Mallet (1177899) (RAFVR) (Pilot)

References:

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, 166/10/8
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line