Flying Officer Thomas Phillip POWER

Service No: 408700
Born: Melbourne VIC, 26 April 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 May 1941
Unit: No. 2 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Operational Training Unit Wirraway aircraft A20-543), near Mildura VIC, 17 August 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Mildura Public Cemetery, Victoria
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Philip and Violet Evelyn Power, of St. Kilda. Victoria
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1050 hours on 17 August 1943, Wirraway A20-543 crashed 15 miles south east of the Mildura aerodrome during on a training flight and both pilots were killed. The Pilot under training was undergoing instruction in section combat, and the aircraft was seen to pull out suddenly and go into a steep dive at low altitude and one of the wings came off.

The crew members of A20-543 were:

Pilot Officer Michael Perry Stowell Dicken (419115) (Pilot under training)
Flying Officer Thomas Phillip Power (408700) (Staff 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, 166/9/147

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