Leading Aircraftman Edward Gilbert WILLETT

Service No: 410277
Born: Abbotsford VIC, 23 May 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 December 1941
Unit: No. 25 Operational Base Unit, Cairns QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-432), near Bairnsdale VIC, 8 December 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Bairnsdale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur Gilbert and Grace Willett; husband of Margaret Willett, of Montmorency.
Roll of Honour: Montmorency VIC
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-432 crashed near Bairnsdale on 8 December 1944. The aircraft was being taken to No. 1 Aircraft Depot (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC) for tests. Killed in this accident were:

Flight Lieutenant Robert Murray Buchanan (408622) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Walter James Ellen (431146) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Colin Arthur Lee Haslam (436910) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Kenneth James Hovenden (410412) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Robert Thomas Thompson (419920) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Corporal James Popple Warren (42451) (No. 2 Airfield Construction Squadron) (Passenger)
Leading Aircraftman Edward Gilbert Willett (410277) (No. 25 Operational Base Unit) (Passenger)


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, 257


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