ROBINSON William Charles 415551

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer William Charles Thomas ROBINSON

Service No: 415551
Born: Fremantle WA, 7 December 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 November 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, East Sale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Ventura aircraft A59-9), Sale, 23 February 1945, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Charles and Agnes Robinson; husband of Winifred Dorothy Robinson, of Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

The loss of Ventura aircraft A59-9 with six men on board was due to a dense fog which rolled in about mid-afternoon on 23 February 1945. Four radar mechanics accompanied the Flying Officer pilot and Warrant Officer wireless operator/air gunner on board the Ventura to conduct a radar test flight and their crashed aeroplane was found the next morning near East Sale. The incidence of aircraft accidents due to fog in the area was however, surprisingly light but this weather phenomenon continues to challenge aircrew today as East Sale is recognised as the second foggiest aerodrome in Australia.

Extract from Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993 – Page 41

The six RAAF Members killed in the crash of Ventura aircraft A59-9 were:

Leading Aircraftman Kellems Richards Davey (141547)
Sergeant John Joseph Drake BEM (50354)
Warrant Officer John James Lord (409158) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Alan Murray McKay (409479)
Flying Officer William Charles Thomas Robinson (415551) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Marcus Rosalky (72799)

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, 114