Sergeant Clarence Colville McLENNAN

Service No: 405021
Born: Armidale NSW, 22 October 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 January 1941 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Chivenor
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft L9935), near Chivenor, 7 February 1942, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Heanton Punchardon (St Augustine) Churchyard, Devon
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Roderick Hugh and Emily Ethel McLennan, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Toowoomba QLD
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2023 hours on 7 February 1942 Beaufort L9935 crashed one mile east of Chivenor, during a night take off from Chivenor, North Devon and all the crew members were killed. The aircraft was detailed to carry out a night navigation patrol exercise over the sea. A later Court of Inquiry found that the pilot lost flying control soon after take-off causing the aircraft to lose altitude and strike high ground.

The crew members of L9935 were:

Sergeant Norman Battram (1123506) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant George Alexander Blackwood (1121730) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Clarence Colville McLennan (405021) (Observer)
Sergeant Victor Meldrum (1071846) (RAFVR) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/141/457