Corporal Francis Ettiene HYLAND

Service No: 3515
Born: Victoria Park London UK, 11 May 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 June 1938 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 14 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 14 Squadron Anson aircraft A4-4) Mount Torbreck VIC, 16 May 1940, Aged 27 years
Buried: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles William and Alice Hyland-husband of Eileen Alma Hyland, of Balwyn.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Accident Site at Mount Torbreck
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Anson Aircraft A4-4 allotted to RAAF CAMDEN lost in an unknown area in Victoria enroute from POINT COOK to CAMDEN. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Anthony Ashby Daniel (243) Pilot
Corporal Francis Etienne Hyland (3515) Fitter
Corporal Herman Fred Sass (2560) Fitter
Corporal Ivan Lapen Stowdor (2474) Wireless Telegraph Operator

No. 14 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 16 May 1940

Crew of missing Anson A4-4 presumed dead and struck strength.

No. 14 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 6 September 1940

The wreckage was not discovered on Mount Torbreck in Victoria until January 1941. This event is the first fatal aviation accident suffered by a WA-based RAAF Unit.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records Further Reading:
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9301, 2515


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

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