LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Allan James RUTHERFORD

Service No: 413900
Born: Lismore NSW, 23 April 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1941
Unit: No. 36 Operational Training (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 36 Operational Training Unit Mosquito aircraft KB178), Nova Scotia, 17 September 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Middleton Holy Trinity Old Cemetery, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Hannah Rutherford, of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Lismore NSW
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Lismore Cenotaph, Lismore NSW

On 17 September 1943, Flying Officer Rutherford was killed in a flying accident when Mosquito KB 178 crashed on a hill in foggy weather during a formation practice exercise. The aircraft crashed approximately one mile south east of Hampden, Nova Scotia, at 1145 hours.

The crew members of KB178 were:

Pilot Officer Trevor Alfred Pittock (153254) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Allan James Rutherford (413900) (Pilot)

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, 166/36/120
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line