LEST WE FORGET
Flight Lieutenant Allan Wallace Campbell MORRISON MID
Service No: 416186
Born: Exeter SA, 9 May 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 75 Squadron, Noemfoor Island
Awarded the Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft A29-507), 10 October 1944, Aged 31 Years
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Henry Adam Morrison and Mary Campbell Morrison; husband of Daphne Iris Morrison, of Perth, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Column 8, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide
On 10th October, four aircraft from No. 75 Squadron, after completing a mission along the coast of Ceram, ran into heavy weather at an altitude of 8,000 feet when east of Misool Island. The aircraft which were piloted by Flight Lieutenant Morrison (416186), Flight Sergeant Roberts (1), Flying Officer Andrew (2) and Warrant Officer John Charles Bates (409495) became separated. Coming through the clouds at 1,000 feet and unable to find the other aircraft Roberts flew to Middleburg (Dutch New Guinea) and reported them missing. Searching aircraft were sent out then and on the following days. On the 12th Andrew was seen by several aircraft from No. 80 Squadron and later in the day was rescued by a Catalina. He could give no information on the other members of the missing flight and despite repeated searches, no trace was found of them. Andrew had lost height and at 2,000 feet, being still in cloud, decided to bail out. He was slightly injured on landing, but fortunately met friendly natives who took care of him until rescued.
(1) Flying Officer Mervyn Arthur Roberts (417428) was discharged from the RAAF on 16 August 1946.
(2) Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Andrew (403301) was discharged from the RAAF on 9 October 1945.
Extract from Odgers, G.J. (George James) (VX127783) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 303
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, 159