ILLINGWORTH Edward Hope 406619

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Edward Hope ILLINGWORTH

Service No: 406619
Born: Narrogin WA, 19 July 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941
Unit: No. 2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Air Observers School Anson aircraft W2020), Mount Cole VIC, 21 May 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Melbourne General Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward Peace Illingworth and Margaret Louise Illingworth, of Katanning, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Narrogin WA
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 21 May 1942, Avro Anson W2020 hit trees while descending in low visibility at Mount Cole, south of Eversley.

The crew members of W2020 were:

Pilot Officer George William Holman (409119) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Edward Hope Illingworth (406619) (Pilot)
Sergeant Denis Aloysius Lenihan (416435) (Observer Instructor)
Leading Aircraftman Arthur Edmond Pott (405932) (Observer Student) Injured, Killed on Air Operations: 4 November 1944
Leading Aircraftman Edwin Cyril Snell (414269) (Observer Student)

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 Records A9845, 75

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