RICE Julian Patrick 29990

LEST WE FORGET

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

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, 76

Bibliography:

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