Flight Sergeant Ivan Aubery ELIOT

Service No: 415024
Born: Swanbourne WA, 20 September 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit (RAF), RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit Stirling aircraft N6005), Cambridgeshire, 31 August 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Percie Louis and Elsie Eliot; husband of Ruby Josephine Eliot of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On the 31st August 1943, Stirling N6005 took off from RAF Downham Market, Norfolk, intending to return to RAF Waterbeach. Some 10 minutes into the flight at 2040 hours, the aircraft banked steeply and spun into the ground a mile north at Littleport Side, Shippey Hill on the border between Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and approximately 7 miles north north east of Ely. The nine crew members on board were killed. Eye witnesses said the aircraft was flying very low in the region of 200 and 400 feet, with all navigation lights on. The aircraft approached Shippey Hill railway station and was observed to suddenly climb and at the same time make a violent turn to starboard as if to avoid the signal box. The aircraft did not recover from this turn and the reason for flying so low was not known.

The crew members of N6005 were:

Flight Sergeant Robert George Cotton (413818) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ivan Aubery Eliot (415024) (Navigator)
Sergeant Patrick Irwin (1186092) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Derek Parsons (1673114) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer Richard William Pratt (523915) (RAF) (Flight Engineer Instructor)
Flight Sergeant Frederick Payne (421987) (RNZAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Frederick Bice Wearne (412778) (Air Bomber)
Flying Officer Clarence William Woods DFM (402941) (Pilot Instructor)
Flight Sergeant George Louis Yensen (421954) (Air Gunner)


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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/11/75

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