MacPHERSON Allan John

LEST WE FORGET

Air Cadet Allan John MacPHERSON

Service No: Not Available
Born: Location and Date Unavailable
Unit: Headquarters RAAF Station Pearce, WA
Died: Aircraft Accident (Royal Aero Club of Western Australia DH-94 Moth Minor registration VH-ADB), Guildford WA, 20 May 1940, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Emma Una MacPherson, of Nedlands.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 20 May 1940, Air Cadet MacPherson, a student pilot, died in an aircraft accident while undertaking a practice forced landing at Guildford (Dunreath) Airfield WA. Air Cadet MacPherson is the first serving RAAF member to have been killed in an aircraft accident in Western Australia. His instructor, John Tudor Evans of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in the period when the Royal Aero Club of was undertaking pilot training for the RAAF. Towards the end of 1940, many of the assets of the Club along with some of its flying instructors were used in the formation of No. 9 Elementary Flying Training School at Cunderdin WA on 11 December 1940.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth) On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-line Record A9845, 202

Bibliography:

Giles, R. O. (Robert Owen) (291433) Wings in the West: A history of the first Fifty Years of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, c 1980