Leading Aircraftman John Royal TWYFORD

Service No: 70460
Born: West Maitland NSW, 1 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 September 1942
Unit: No. 4 Communication Unit, Archerfield QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 4 Communication Unit Dragon DH84 aircraft A34-58), Toowoomba QLD, 20 March 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Toowoomba Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ernest Sidney Royal Twyford and Mary Ipacy Twyford, of Lorne, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: West Maitland NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Kurri Kurri NSW

At Toowoomba airfield on 20 March 1944, during a non-operational flight Dragon A34-58 was making a downwind landing where the aircraft overshot, hit a fence and crashed into trees at the edge of the airfield and caught fire. On board the aircraft were:

Flight Sergeant Jack Hume Bird (409131) (Pilot)
Squadron Leader Oswald Terence Cantor (261104) (Equipment Officer)
Squadron Leader James Joseph Henry (1688) (Equipment Officer)
Leading Aircraftman John Royal Twyford (70460) (Fitter IIE) Died of injuries: 20 March 1944


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 A9845, 213
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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