Leading Aircraftman Thomas Edward Denis TIGHE

Service No: 401472
Born: Sligo, Ireland, 18 February 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 41 Air School (South Africa Air Force)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 41 Air School Anson aircraft X1212), Cape Province, 1 February 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: East London (East Bank) Cemetery, Cape Province, South Africa
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John T and Mary Frances Tighe, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 134, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 1 February 1942, Anson X1212 and Anson 3164 collided while carrying out a photographic pin pointing exercise. Anson X1212 crashed about 1.5 miles south west of Collondale aerodrome and the five crew members were killed. Anson 3164 was damaged but landed safely on the aerodrome.

The crew members of X1212 were:

Second Lieutenant C P Davis (103953) (SAAF) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Douglas Ian Fraser (402498) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Edward Portnell (1046323) (RAFVR) (Trainee Observer)
Leading Aircraftman James David Shenfield (1384353) (RAFVR) (Trainee Observer)
Leading Aircraftman Thomas Edward Dennis Tighe (401472) (Trainee Observer)

The crew members of 3164 were:

Lieutenant J Prinslop (SAAF) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman J W Pryke (SAAF) (Trainee Observer)
Leading Aircraftman R E Roberts (SAAF) (Trainee Observer)
Second Lieutenant D A O Woods (SAAF) (Second 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 A9301, 401472

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