LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer Dennis Robert HILL

Service No: 408283
Born: Hobart TAS, 18 March 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1941
Unit: No. 70 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 70 Squadron Wellington aircraft), near Tortorella airfield, 30 December 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Bari War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harry Herbert and Mabel Susan Hill; husband of Phyllis May Hill, of South Hobart, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Hobart TAS
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 30 December 1943 Warrant Officer Hill was detailed to ferry a Wellington aircraft from Foggia airfield to its base at the nearby Tortorella landing ground. Soon after take-off the aircraft was seen to fail to pull out of a dive from 1,000 feet and crash at 1130 hours. Warrant Officer Hill was killed and there were no other crew members on board.

References:

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/171/423