Pilot Officer Melville Arthur Chaloner OLIVE

Service No: 405600
Born: Brisbane QLD, 18 December 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: General Reconnaissance School, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (General Reconnaissance School Gipsy Moth aircraft A7-74), near Point Cook VIC, 28 January 1942, Aged 24 Years
Cremated: Mount Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Hugh Chaloner Olive and Maud Lucinda Olive; husband of Olive Mabel Olive, of Morningside
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During airmanship practice including aerobatics on the 28 January 1942, Gipsy Moth A7-74 crashed into the sea at 1253 hours, two miles south west of Point Cook at the mouth of the Werribee River and the crew of two was killed.

The crew members of A7-74 were:

Pilot Officer Edward Miles Beaumont (408791) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Melville Arthur Chaloner Olive (405600) (Second Pilot)


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, 163/50/41; A9845, 73


Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002

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