Flight Sergeant Arnold Hamilton SWANSON

Service No: 414169
Born: Barinda QLD, 15 January 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941
Unit: No. 13 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 13 Operational Training Unit Blenheim aircraft L8850), Buckinghamshire, 27 April 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Halton (St Michael) Churchyard, Buckinghamshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arnold Hildrew Swanson and Violet Anne Swanson, of West End, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Townsville QLD
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0100 hours on the morning of 27 April 1943 Blenheim L8850 took off from RAF Bicester for a night cross country training exercise. At 0315 hours when near Stewkley, 10 miles east south east of Buckingham, the aircraft exploded and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of L8850 were:

Sergeant Henry Orlando Foster (1318113) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Ernest Samuel Frostwick (1332384) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Arnold Hamilton Swanson (414169) (Pilot)


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, 166/38/129

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