Sergeant Donald Gordon GRANT

Service No: 432457
Born: Stratford, New Zealand, 30 July 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 December 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 21 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 21 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft BK135), Berkshire, 31 August 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Wesley Livesey Grant and Eliza Margaret Grant, of Kirrawee, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Armidale NSW
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Armidale-Dumaresq Council War Memorial Library, Armidale NSW

On the 31st August 1944, Wellington BK135 took off from RAF Moreton-in-Marsh for a cross-country training exercise. The aircraft flew into an electrical storm and at 1042 hours dived out of clouds to crash at Oldstone Farm near Ashbury, 15 kms west south west of Wantage, Berkshire. The seven crew members on board were killed.

The crew members of BK135 were:

Sergeant Sidney David Gingold (1582933) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Ronald Davidson (1573660) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Donald Gordon Grant (432457) (Wireless Operator Air)
Sergeant Peter Henshall (1583433) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Allan David McIntyre (417714) (Pilot)
Sergeant Thomas Ernest Rhodes (1623802) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Bernard Sandall (2223112) (RAFVR) (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, 16/16/420
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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