LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Bruce Fawkner DUFTY

Service No: 409097
Born: Nhill VIC, 19 March 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1941
Unit: No. 67 Squadron, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 67 Squadron Anson aircraft W2039), Gypsy Point VIC, 4 October 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Bairnsdale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Anderson Dufty and Nellie Mary Dufty, of Mt. Elgin
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Flight Sergeant Dufty was a crew member of Anson W2261 in which Flight Sergeant Garnet Charles Cooper (408202) (Navigator) was killed on 21 June 1943.

On 4 October 1943, Anson W2093 crashed into the sea at the head of Mallacoota Inlet following a turn and stall at low altitude, killing all four crew members. The crew members of W2039 were:

Leading Aircraftman Harold Edward William Ball (54166) (Clerk, Supernumerary)
Flight Sergeant Bruce Fawkner Dufty (409097) (Wireless Operator)
Flight Sergeant Francis Mervyn Howship (410336) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Kevin Pierre Murphy (417410) (Navigator)

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, 75

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992