Leading Aircraftman Leonard Jack HACKETT

Service No: 170901
Born: Byron Bay NSW, 9 April 1926
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 October 1944 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 5 Communication Unit, Garbutt (now RAAF Base Townsville) QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Communication Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-733), Garbutt, 13 November 1945, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Townsville War Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Allen Hackett and Ivy Elizabeth Hackett, of Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Byron Bay NSW
Remembered: Panel 111, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Byron Bay War Memorial Gates and Memorial Park Sports Field, Byron Bay NSW

On 13 November 1945 Beaufort aircraft A9-733 crashed at Townsville during a test flight and all on board were killed. On board were:

Leading Aircraftman Russell Aubrey Ballard (72572) (Flight Mechanic)
Leading Aircraftman Basil Colin Hely Crocker (453125) (Flight Rigger)
Leading Aircraftman Eric Francis Dunne (441124) (Fight Rigger)
Leading Aircraftman Leonard Jack Hackett (170901) (Flight Rigger)
Leading Aircraftman Frederick Robinson Palmer (46793) (Fabric Worker)
Squadron Leader Francis Henry Wann Robilliard (1973) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Andrew James Turton (414176) (Wireless Operator Air)


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, 266
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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