HUMPHRY Raymond John 406520

LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Raymond John HUMPHRY

Service No: 406250
Born: Perth WA, 14 September 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 7 October 1940
Unit: No. 3 Service Flying Training School, Amberley QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 3 Service Flying Training School Wirraway aircraft A20-201), Amberley, 12 February 1941, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Ipswich General Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward Scott Humphry and Edith Maggie Dean Humphry, of Subiaco, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Mundaring WA
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At Amberley on 12 February 1941, Wirraway aircraft A20-201 and A20-138 collided, killing all four crew members on both aircraft. The collision occurred on the ground – one of the aircraft taking off struck the other aircraft that was taxying back to the lines. The cause of the accident is given as apparent carelessness and lack of vigilance. The crew members were:

A20-201

Flying Officer Patrick Adair Black (558) (Instructor)
Leading Aircraftman Raymond John Humphry (406250) (Student)

A20-138

Leading Aircraftman Douglas Porter Scott (406229) (Student)
Flight Sergeant Nigel Watson (1945) (Instructor)

References:

Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 173