Leading Aircraftman Evan Vincent SCELLS

Service No: 123798
Born: Brisbane QLD, 6 February 1925
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 February 1923
Unit: No. 8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg QLD
Died: Drowned, Bundaberg, 13 November 1943, Aged 18 Years
Buried: Bundaberg General Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arnold Vincent and Eileen Lucy Millicent Scells, of Townsville, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Townsville QLD
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 13 November 1943, Leading Aircraftman Scells, a Cook, together with two other RAAF members were surfing at Bargara near Bunaberg, when they noticed some people in difficulty with the undertow. After assisting these people, it was noticed that Scells was some 30 yards out further than the rest, and was in difficulties himself. Several people went to his aid and when they reached him, he appeared to collapse. He was taken to the beach and artificial respiration was applied for half an hour without success.


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, 166/37/241