LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Alan Arthur MORRIS

Service No: 400280
Born: Melbourne VIC, 20 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 August 1940
Unit: No. 53 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 53 Squadron Hudson aircraft V9105), Trinidad, 28 September 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Port of Spain (St James) Military Cemetery, Trinidad and Tobago
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Gilbert Garth and May Elizabeth Morris; husband of Daisy Morris, of Oldham, Greater Manchester
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Hudson V9105 crashed during a test flight on 28 September 1942. The aircraft took off at 1945Z hours and crashed 30 minutes later in jungle country approximately 20 miles south east from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad. The plane caught fire and depth charges on board exploded. All on board were killed.

The crew members of V9105 were:

Private 1st Class J H Fischer (38601703) (USAAF)
Pilot Officer Alan Arthur Morris (400280) (Pilot)
AML 3/C G M Nobes (USAAF) (Mechanic)
Private 1st Class S L Shipes (38059691) (USAAF)
Private 1st Class C K R Smith (13055381) (USAAF)

References:

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, 163/45/192