HYLTON James Gavin 416072

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer James Gavin HYLTON

Service No: 416072
Born: Burma, 12 March 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 32 Squadron, Camden, NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 32 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-285), Bundaberg QLD, 31 May 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Bundaberg General Cemetery, Queensland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Roy and Lyda Patricia Hylton, of Fimiston, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Kalgoorlie WA
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

The DVA record shows Pilot Officer Hylton enlisting from WA; however he has a South Australian Service Number (416XXX) and is listed on SA Memorial.

Beaufort A9-285 crashed after take-off at Bundaberg on 31 May 1943 and its crew was killed. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Robert Chester Brabham (407998) (Observer)
Pilot Officer James Gavin Hylton (416072) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Leonard Henry Peart (416063) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Dennis Kinlock Whishaw (408222) (Pilot)

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, 251

Bibliography:

Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990