LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Colin George QUIRK

Service No: 400421
Born: Melbourne VIC, 14 December 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 August 1940
Unit: No. 6 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Thornaby
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 6 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Hudson aircraft N7228), Yorkshire, 6 November 1941, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Maud Alice Quirk, of North Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0850 hours on 6 November 1941, Hudson N7228 from Thornaby crashed at West Acklam, Yorkshire, and both the crew members died of their injuries.

The crew members of N7228 were:

Sergeant Ronald Albert Glass (400274) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Colin George Quirk (400421) (Pilot)

A Court of Inquiry into the accident stated: “the Pilot decided to come in and land for some unknown reason, erred in his line of approach and decided to go around again. He apparently raised his wheels but must have stalled into the ground with the flaps in the fully down position, as the aircraft marks caused by the crash, hit the ground in the opposite direction to the line of approach.”

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/154/25