LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Norman Walter HUGGINS

Service No: 430172
Born: Geelong VIC, 8 November 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 January 1943
Unit: No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Turnberry
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Hudson aircraft AM562), off the Scottish Coast, 21 January 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Dunure Cemetery, Maybole, Ayrshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter Oswald and Beryl Ida Huggins, of Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1015 hours on the 21 January 1945, Hudson AM562 took off from Turnberry on a non-operational flight and climbed and then crashed into the sea, two miles off Maiden Harbour, Ayrshire. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of AM652 were:

Flight Sergeant Norman Walter Huggins (430172) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant James Vincent Jenkins (432194) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Peter Bernard Joseph (3204233) (RAFVR) (Meteorological Observer)
Sergeant Eric Raynor Kelsall (1676661) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer John Robertson (1372529) (RAFVR) (Pilot)

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, 166/18/599