LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Francis Mervyn HOWSHIP

Service No: 410336
Born: Camberwell VIC, 24 September 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 December 1941
Unit: No. 67 Squadron, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 67 Squadron Anson W2039), Gypsy Point VIC, 4 October 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Bairnsdale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Leslie Mervyn and Frances Dorothy Howship, of Surrey Hills
Roll of Honour: Box Hill VIC
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 4 October 1943, Anson W2093 crashed into the sea at the head of Mallacoota Inlet following a turn and stall at low altitude, killing all four crew members. The crew members of W 2039 were:

Leading Aircraftman Harold Edward William Ball (54166) (Clerk, Supernumerary)
Flight Sergeant Bruce Fawkner Dufty (409097) (Wireless Operator)
Flight Sergeant Francis Mervyn Howship (410336) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Kevin Pierre Murphy (417410) (Navigator)

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, 75

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992