Sergeant Herbert Munro SIMS

Service No: 405367
Born: Warwick QLD, 6 August 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 March 1941
Unit: No. 57 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 57 Squadron Lancaster aircraft W4359), Cornwall, 17 December 1942, Aged 34 Years
Buried: Helston Cemetery, Cornwall
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert and Betsy Sims, of Warwick, Queensland, Australia; husband of Inez Audrey Sims, of Brisbane, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Warwick QLD
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

When on a training flight on the night of 16/17 December 1942 Lancaster W4359 crashed at 0300 hours some 5 miles north east of Predannack airfield, Cornwall. Although the reason for the accident was obscure, it was believed that the aircraft was struck by lightning causing a photo flash flare to ignite. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W4359 were:

Sergeant Robert Sidney Doore (1580650) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant John Oswald Irving (1557616) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Thomas Irvine Manson (413102) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ewen Cameron McPhee (R/90725) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Francis George Shell (119896) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Herbert Munro Sims (405367) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant William Henry Taylor (613131) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)


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, 163/162/566

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