Leading Aircraftman Patrick John SCANLAN

Service No: 435197
Born: Toowoomba QLD, 9 August 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 March 1943
Unit: No. 1 Air Observers School
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Air Observers School Anson aircraft AW485), near MacLean NSW, 7 March 1944, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Evans Head War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Berchmans Scanlan and Josephine Angela Scanlan (nee Smith); husband of Mary Veronica Scanlan (nee McHugh), of Mundah
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Father of Anthony Francis Scanlan and Kerrard John Scanlan

During a navigation training exercise on 7 March 1944, Anson AW485 crashed at 1445 hours 20 miles south of Evans Head near MacLean and all the crew members were killed. It was considered that the probable cause of the accident was loss of control in cloud, causing the aircraft to disintegrate in the air.

The crew members of AW485 were:

Flight Sergeant Bruce Allan Duckworth (409394) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Robert Thomas Robertson (439616) (Trainee Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Leading Aircraftman Patrick John Scanlan (435197) (Trainee Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Leading Aircraftman Neville Thomas Self (433627) (Trainee Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Billie Strike-McClelland (412748) (Pilot)


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, 166/37/340

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