Leading Aircraftman Cosmo Louis MOONEY

Service No: 44711
Born: Bundaberg QLD, 26 May 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 March 1942
Unit: No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, Evans Head NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School Battle aircraft L 5650), 7 June 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Evans Head War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Cosmo and Annie Harriet Mooney, of Gin Gin, Queensland.
Roll of Honour: Gin Gin QLD
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During an air-to-air gunnery exercise 30 kms south of Evans Head airfield on 7 June 1943, gunnery aircraft Fairey Battle L 4941 approached towing aircraft Battle L 5650 to give a wash-out signal resulting from a gun stoppage. At 0800 hours the two aircraft collided with L 4941 making a forced landing and L 5650 crashing and killing its two crew members.

The crew members of L 5650 were:

Sergeant George William Finch (417171) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Cosmo Louis Mooney (44711) (Drogue Operator)

The crew members of L4941 were:

Flight Sergeant Neville Graham Monroe (404979) (Pilot) Discharged from the RAAF: 27 February 1945.
Leading Aircraftman Collin Henry Wheatley (425913) (Student) Discharged from the RAAF: 25 January 1946
Leading Aircraftman Noel White (434066) (Student) Discharged from the RAAF: 14 March 1946


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, 178