Squadron Leader Nigel Minter PILCHER

Commanding Officer, RAAF Survey Flight

Service No: 260750
Born: Orange NSW, 22 December 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1940
Unit: RAAF Survey Flight, Lowood QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (RAAF Survey Flight Hudson aircraft A16-47), off the Queensland Coast, 23 July 1945, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman George Stafford Pilcher and Edith Pilcher; husband of Judith Howard Pilcher, of Merewether, New South Wales. LL.B. (Cantab.). Barrister, Inner Temple, Judge’s Associate
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 111, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 16 April 1944 Squadron Leader Pilcher was involved in an aircraft accident in which Squadron Leader Max Stanley Bott (260779) was killed.

On 23 July 1945, Hudson A16-47 went missing off the Queensland Coast on a travel flight from Lowood to Bowen. On board A16-47 were:

Leading Aircraftman Frank George Chiverton (22955) (Fitter IIE, Supernumerary)
Flight Lieutenant Lancelot Edward Hilmer Clarke (416567) (Pilot)
Corporal William McPherson Gaze (38868) (Wireless Operator / Mechanic, Supernumerary)
Squadron Leader Cuthbert Griffin (262191) (Administrative and Special Duties, Commanding Officer No. 14 Operational Base Unit (Lowood), Supernumerary)
Leading Aircraftman Walter Henrick Nielsen (151744) (Aircraft Hand, Supernumerary)
Squadron Leader Nigel Minter Pilcher (260750) (Pilot, Commanding Officer RAAF Survey Flight, Supernumerary)
Flying Officer Thomas John Steel (428807) (Navigator)

A16-47 is the last Hudson aircraft lost by the RAAF.


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 A705, 166/16/715

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