LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Douglas Vernon HIGGINS

Service No: 400655
Born: Geelong VIC, 31 July 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 October 1940
Unit: No. 73 Squadron, Nowra NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 73 Squadron Anson aircraft AW799), near Ulladulla NSW, 9 September 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Nowra War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank Vernon Higgins and Gertrude Mary Higgins, of Newtown, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Geelong VIC
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 9 September 1943, Avro Anson AW799 crashed on the south east side of Pidgeon House Mountain, 15 kms west of Ulladulla and its crew members were killed. Those crew members were:

Pilot Officer Douglas Vernon Higgins (400655) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Keith Albert Richards (413664) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Charles Duncan Robertson (406733) (Pilot)

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
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 60