Pilot Officer Hubert Albert LENNE

Service No: 375
Born: Melbourne VIC, 9 July 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1940
Unit: No. 24 Squadron
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident (loss No. 24 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-53 on 29 November 1940), Mackay QLD, 19 December 1940, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Mackay Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Albert and Margaret Sullivan Lenne, of Echuca, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Echuca VIC
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 29 November 1940, Wirraway A20-53 was one of three aircraft flying in formation from Townsville to Evans Head, New South Wales. Five miles south of St Lawrence, Queensland, A20-53 went missing from the formation. It had crashed at 0912 hours near the north entrance to the port of St Lawrence. The aircraft had overshot a clay pan and crashed into timber country, catching fire. Pilot Officer Lenne was seriously injured in the accident and died of his injuries on 19 December 1940 in the Mackay Hospital.

The crew members of A20-53 were:

Sergeant Geoffrey Henry Ellis (205448) (Observer) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 14 December 1945
Pilot Officer Hubert Albert Lenne (375) (Pilot) Fatally injured, Died: 19 December 1940


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/42/60

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