Sergeant Allen Ralph SIMPSON

Service No: 417004
Born: Mitcham SA, 24 December 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, Bairnsdale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-67), Bass Strait, 11 January 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ralph James Simpson and Amelia Sophie Simpson, of Lower Mitcham, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 6, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Beaufort A9-67 went missing in Bass Strait between 0733 and 1622 hours on 11 January 1943 while on an operational training exercise originating from Bairnsdale, Victoria. The crew members of A9-67 were:

Sergeant Norman John Long (411793) (Pilot)
Sergeant Norman Neil MacKay (413644) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Richard Stuart Patterson (409228) (Observer)
Sergeant Allen Ralph Simpson (417004) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 242


Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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