Flight Sergeant Brian John EATON

Service No: 431149
Born: East Melbourne VIC, 31 March 1925
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 May 1943
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-305), near Mount Gambier SA, 27 August 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Mt Gambier General Cemetery SA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Eric and Kathleen Eaton, of Abbotsford, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 2 August 1945 Beaufort A9-305 was on a non-operational navigation training exercise TE18. At approximately 1923 hours the aircraft departed from Mt Gambier for East Sale to carry out the final leg of the exercise. At 1933 hours the aircraft crashed at an angle of about 60 degrees at Puralka about 18 miles east of Mt Gambier. All three crew members were killed.

The crew members of A9-305 were:

Flight Sergeant Brian John Eaton (431149) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Henry Neville Lord (438960) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer John Thomas Walton (44248) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/11/345; A0945, 252

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