GREEN Alan William 406393

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Alan William GREEN

Service No: 406393
Born: Harvey WA, 26 June 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 December 1940
Unit: No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (renamed No. 87 Squadron on 9 September 1944), Coomalie, NT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit Lancer aircraft A56-7), Healesville VIC, 29 April 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Karrakatta War Cemetery WA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ernest George and Mary Emily Green, of Harvey.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At the time of the accident, Pilot Officer Green was on attachment to RAAF Station Laverton for conversion to Lancer aircraft.

On 29 April 1943, Lancer A56-7 went missing while on a reconnaissance flight from Wagga Wagga NSW to RAAF Station Laverton VIC. An inquiry attributed a cause of the accident to the pilot failing to obtain a route weather forecast before undertaking the flight. The aircraft was heard in the Healesville area at the time of its disappearance, but an extensive search failed to locate it. The wreckage containing Pilot Officer Green’s remains was discovered in June 1958.

References:

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
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth) On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/16/71

Bibliography:

Vincent, D. (David) Mosquito Monograph: A history of Mosquitoes in Australia and RAAF operations, David Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1982 (includes the history of 1PRU/87SQN)