LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Edward Charles Sherwood SELLER

Service No: 401320
Born: Camberwell VIC, 4 February 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 February 1941
Unit: No. 9 Squadron, Bowen QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 9 Squadron Seagull aircraft A2-9), off the Queensland Coast, 8 February 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Townsville War Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Edward and Beatrice Alice Seller, of Toorak, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Toorak VIC
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On 8 February 1943, Seagull A2-9 crashed during bombing practice in the vicinity of Stone Island, near Bowen Queensland. The crew members were:

Flight Lieutenant Donald Jack Hookings (407173) (Pilot under instruction)
Lieutenant John Henry McWhae (Royal Navy) (Instructor Pilot) (No. 700 Squadron Fleet Air Arm, HMS Devonshire)
Pilot Officer Edward Charles Sherwood Seller (401320) (Pilot under instruction)

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, 166/37/26
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Gillett, R. (Ross) Wings Across the Sea: the first ever complete history of naval aviation from the first world war to the present, Aerospace Publications, 1988