WOOLCOTT Edgar Seymour 406895

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Edgar Seymour WOOLCOTT

Service No: 406895
Born: Melbourne VIC, 15 January 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 April 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 30 Squadron, Ward’s Strip, PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-93), Ward’s Strip, 15 June 1943, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edgar Robert and Jessie Woolcott, of Subiaco, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Pilot Officer Edgar Seymour Woolcott (406895) (Pilot) was killed when Beaufighter A19-93 crashed and burned during takeoff at Ward’s Strip on 15 June 1943. Sergeant Robert Hasenohr (28902) (Navigator) died on 19 June 1943. The starboard tyre burst on take-off causing the aircraft to swing, strike a revetment and catch fire.

References:

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, 16

Bibliography:

Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990