Flying Officer Colin Scott FERGUSON

Service No: 411134
Born: Greenwich NSW, 11 April 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-353), Lake Wellington VIC, 26 August 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Mr. Justice John Alexander Ferguson and Bessie Ferguson, of Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Hunters Hill NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Municipality of Hunters Hill War Memorial Honour Rolls, Hunters Hill NSW

During a non-operational exercise on 26 August 1943 Beaufort A9-353 was carrying out a mobile low dive-bombing attack on a target. During the attack the aircraft crashed into Lake Wellington some three miles east of Sale at 0945 hours. The aircraft was completely submerged and the crew of four was killed. The engines were running normally at the time of the accident.

The crew members of A9-353 were:

Sergeant Jack Henry Farmer (424748) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Colin Scott Ferguson (411134) (Pilot)
Sergeant Thomas Leonard Keith Lindsay (423889) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Wallace Gard Prout (422061) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 166/13/105; A9845, 254
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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