Corporal Ivan Lapen STOWDOR

Service No: 2474
Born: Parkside SA, 21 November 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 October 1936 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 14 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 14 Squadron Anson aircraft A4-4) Mount Torbreck VIC, 16 May 1940, Aged 25 Years
CWGC Additional Information: No further information
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Accident Site at Mount Torbreck
Remembered: Panel 7, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood, NSW
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Anson Aircraft A4-4 allotted to RAAF CAMDEN lost in an unknown area in Victoria enroute from POINT COOK to CAMDEN. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Anthony Ashby Daniel (243) Pilot
Corporal Ivan Lapen Stowdor (2474) Wireless Telegraph Operator
Corporal Herman Fred Sass (2560) Fitter
Corporal Francis Etienne Hyland (3515) Fitter

No. 14 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 16 May 1940

Crew of missing Anson A4-4 presumed dead and struck strength.

No. 14 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 6 September 1940

The wreckage was not discovered on Mount Torbreck in Victoria until January 1941. This event is the first fatal aviation accident suffered by a WA-based RAAF Unit.


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 A705, 163/163/203


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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