Flying Officer Fabian Crothers McMASTER

Service No: 420102
Born: Manly NSW, 10 January 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1941
Unit: No. 71 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 71 Squadron Avro Anson AX-471), Heron Island QLD, 23 July 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Gladstone Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Crothers McMaster and Agnes Irene McMaster, of Sydney, New South Wales. B.E. (Sydney)
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: University of Sydney World War II Roll of Honour, Camperdown NSW
Remembered: Honour Roll of Old Newingtonians, Stanmore NSW

While on an operational flight from Gladstone on 23 July 1943, No. 71 Squadron Avro Anson AX-471 crashed on Heron Island about 60 kms to the north east at about 1040 hours. On board the aircraft were:

Aircraftman Class 1 Thomas George Eastoe (124403) (Supernumerary) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 17 December 1945
Flying Officer Fabian Crothers McMaster (420102) (Pilot) (No. 71 Squadron)
Flying Officer David Skene Paterson (405931) (Wireless Air Gunner) (No. 66 Squadron)
Flying Officer Ronald Douglas Robertson (411951) (Second Pilot) (No. 71 Squadron) Fatally injured, Died: 1 August 1943
Flying Officer Francis Joseph Robinson (264997) (Administrative and Special Duties) (No. 32 Squadron)


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, 62
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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