Flight Lieutenant Ernest Allen SHACKELL

Service No: 270755
Born: Nambour QLD, 25 June 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1940 (at Mascot NSW)
Unit: No. 1 Air Observers School
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Air Observers School Anson aircraft A4-20), near Ballina NSW, 22 May 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Evans Head War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ernest Oswald and Lillian Maud Shackell, of Kedron, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During a navigation training exercise on 22 May 1944, Anson A4-20 crashed at 0917 hours one mile east of Knockrow Post Office, about 10 miles north of Ballina, New South Wales, and the crew of four was killed.

The crew members of A4-20 were:

Warrant Officer Edmund James Kiely Ahern (404758) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Gordon Hill (434747) (Student Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flight Lieutenant Ernest Allen Shackell (270755) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Trevor Llewellyn Woodgate (405283) (Navigator Instructor)


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, 166/37/415

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