SCANLAN Robert Joseph 38163

LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Robert Joseph SCANLAN

Service No: 38163
Born: Narrogin WA, 24 October 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 March 1941
Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala SA
Died: Illness, Adelaide SA, 30 April 1944, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Adelaide (Centennial Park) Cemetery, SA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert and Frances Scanlan; husband of Thelma Kathleen Scanlan, of Collingwood, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 23 April 1944, Leading Aircraftman Scanlan, a Fitter II Engines, attended sick parade and was admitted to Station Sick Quarters. He was transferred to No 7 RAAF Hospital, Adelaide, on 25 April, and died on 30 April 1944 of a blood disorder, caused by a general breakdown of the circulatory system. Following an investigation, it appeared that fatal illnesses were caused by poisonous benzol fumes.

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 A705, 166/37/390

Bibliography:

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