SHANKS David Guise 436096

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant David Guise SHANKS

Service No: 436096
Born: Dalwallinu WA, 15 July 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 7 November 1942
Unit: No. 67 Squadron, RAAF Station Laverton, VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 67 Squadron Anson aircraft AW667), Yanakie VIC, 17 April 1944, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery Sale, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of David and Evelyn Amy Shanks, of Leederville, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

During a test flight on 17 April 1944, Avro Anson AW667 crashed at Yanakie killing its crew. The crew members were:

Leading Aircraftman John Joseph Griffin (19643) (Cook, Supernumerary)
Aircraftman Class 1 Ronald Oswald Rathke (140569) (Armourer, Supernumerary)
Flight Sergeant David Guise Shanks (436096) (Pilot)

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 A9845, 59