Flying Officer Mervyn Nelson FINSTER

Service No: 690
Born: Melbourne VIC, 15 December 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 January 1940 (at Archerfield QLD)
Unit: No. 24 Squadron, RAAF Station Amberley QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 24 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-118), Townsville QLD, 30 June 1941, Aged 19 years
Buried: Burwood general Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur Alexander and Eva Maria Finster, of Hawthorn.
Roll of Honour: Hawthorn VIC
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During dive-bombing practice at Townsville on 30 June 1941, the wings of Wirraway A20-118 collapsed and its two crew members were killed in the resulting crash. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Mervyn Nelson Finster (690) (Pilot)
Sergeant Albert Glance (210073) (Observer)


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, 105


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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