NEWBEY Norman Lindsay 427015

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Norman Lindsay NEWBEY

Service No: 427015
Born: Albany WA, 7 April 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1942
Unit: No. 11 Operational Training Unit RAF
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 11 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft HZ375), UK, 30 July 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Joseph and Alice Newbey, of Collie, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Collie WA
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Wellington HZ375 took off on 30th July 1944, to carry out a non-operational day flying training exercise together with a cine camera gun. The aircraft was on the cine gun exercise and was pulling out of shallow dive. The port wing was seen to come adrift from the fuselage and also the starboard wing appeared to break away from the fuselage. The aircraft went down in a steep dive in and all on board were killed.

Those on board HZ375 were:

Flying Officer Ian Mackenzie Angus (429413) (Pilot Under Instruction)
Sergeant Ronald Thomas Ankers (2210700) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Aspin (3041164) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Sidney Brown DFM (1211203) (RAFVR) (Staff Air Gunner)
Cadet Sergeant F T Harris (Air Training Corps, RAF)
Flight Lieutenant Lawrence Edward Macadam DFM (141102) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Norman Lindsay Newbey (427015) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Richard John Taylor (163727) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/29/137