RASH Harold Wilfred 427546

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Harold Wilfred RASH

Service No: 427546
Born: Northam WA, 6 December 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1942
Unit: No. 2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier, SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Air Observers School Anson aircraft W2574), near Nhill VIC, 13 May 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Nhill Public Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sydney David and Clara May Rash, of Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Fremantle WA
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 13 May 1943, Avro Anson W2574 dived into the ground at a steep angle and at high speed 14 kms east of Nhill, killing all on board.

The crew members of W2775 were:

Leading Aircraftman Victor Vernon Darby (418354) (Aircrew II)
Sergeant David Richard James Edwards (417295) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Victor Keith Jordan (408457) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Harold Wilfred Rash (427546) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Leonard Fraser Gillespie Seabrook (406878) (First Pilot)

References:

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 A9845, 78