Sergeant Julian Patrick RICE

Service No: 29990
Born: Jardee WA., 3 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 February 1941
Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 6 Service Flying Training School Anson aircraft W2095), Tarlee SA, 23 September 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Mallala War Cemetery, SA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Richard John and Betsy Alice Rice, of Manjimup, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At 2130 hours on 23 September 1943, Avro Anson W2095 took off on a night navigation training exercise. At 2305 hours, the aircraft crashed near Tarlee and completely burned, killing its crew. Unforecast deteriorating weather was considered to be a contributing factor to the crash. The crew members of W 2095 were:

Leading Aircraftman Cyril Markham Lewis (419836) (Trainee Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Donald Neill McDonald (429980) (Trainee Pilot)
Sergeant Julian Patrick Rice (29990) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Ian Duncan Weston (284999) (Navigation Instructor)


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, 76


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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