Leading Aircraftman Charles Thomas EPPS

Service No: 429939
Born: Adelaide SA, 26 December 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1942
Unit: No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, West Sale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School Battle aircraft L9362), West Sale, 5 June 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas William and Ada Matilda Epps, of Aldgate, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Aldgate SA
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 0900 hours on 5 May 1943, Fairey Battle L9362 crashed at No. 4 Air-to-Ground Range near West Sale and all three crew members were killed. The cause of the accident was a coolant (glycol) leak that caused the engine to catch fire with the smoke and flames incapacitating the pilot. The crew members of L9362 were:

Leading Aircraftman Charles Thomas Epps (429939) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Douglas Carl Raymond Fisher (419931) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Sergeant Richard Paynter Stevens (414110) (Instructor Pilot)


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, 235

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