LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Ivan Waddell STOREY

Service No: 408288
Born: Hobart TAS, 5 February 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1941
Unit: No. 53 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 53 Operational Training Unit Master aircraft W8369), Somerset, 30 October 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Bridgewater (Quantock Road) Cemetery, Somerset
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Oliver and Elsie Gould Storey, of Broadmarsh, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brighton TAS
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 30 October 1942, Sergeant Josephs, a Staff Pilot, was detailed to convey Pilot Officer Andrews in Master W8369 from No. 53 Operational Training unit to Yeovilton to collect Spitfire AR255 piloted by Sergeant Storey which had force landed at Yeovilton owing to being lost. Sergeant Josephs was instructed to bring Sergeant Storey (a student at the unit) back in the Master. Sergeant Josephs arrived at Yeovilton and picked up Sergeant Storey and during the return journey when 10 miles west of Weston Zoyland the aircraft crashed into Spitfire AR255 (flown by Andrews) at about 1230 hours, when low flying in bad visibility while carrying out formation flying. The crew members in both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of Master W8369 were:

Sergeant Herbert Josephs (1387107) (RAFVR) (Staff Pilot)
Sergeant Ivan Waddell Storey (408288) (Pilot under instruction)

The Pilot of Spitfire AR255 was:

Pilot Officer Basil Wilfred Andrews (J/15739) (RCAF) (Pilot)

References:

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, 163/163/564