LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Ross Phillip TUMILTY

Service No: 408429
Born: Launceston TAS, 26 August 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 May 1942
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, Canberra ACT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 13 Squadron Ventura aircraft A59-55), Gundaroo NSW, 7 December 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Canberra (Woden) Public Cemetery ACT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Leonard Ross Tumilty and Vera May Tumilty, of Launceston, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Launceston TAS
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Gundaroo Air Disaster Memorial, Gundaroo NSW

During a training flight on 7 December 1943, Ventura A59-55 crashed five kms east of Gundaroo NSW and its crew of 5 members was killed. The aircraft dived to the ground at a steep angle and was destroyed. The crew members of A59-55 were:

FFlight Sergeant William Keith Hamilton Paterson (426847) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant James Arthur Paul (429393) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Roy Alexander Sinclair (414605) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ross Phillip Tumilty (408429) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Allan Herbert Wright (411424) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/40/109
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line