Flight Sergeant Jack Stephen Richards WOOLNOUGH

Service No: 408003
Born: Hobart TAS, 4 march 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1940
Unit: No. 27 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Lichfield
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 27 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft X9706), near Lichfield, 17 January 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Fradley (St Stephen’s) Churchyard, Staffordshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Clarence William and Alice Mabel Woolnough; husband of Jessie Valma Woolnough, of Margate, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Kingston Beach TAS
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 16/17 January 1942, Wellington X9706 took off from Lichfield for night bombing practice. During the exercise the weather deteriorated and a signal was received indicating that the Sperry compass had failed. Uncertain of their position the crew requested a QDM (magnetic heading to base). Nothing further was heard and at about 2105 hours the aircraft crashed into a wood, two miles south of Echilles Farm, at King’s Bromley, five miles north from Lichfield. All the seven crew members were killed.

The crew members of X9706 were:

Sergeant Wilfred Roy Beeton (1359941) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Joseph Henry Rogerson (400211) (Observer)
Sergeant Arthur Wilson Savage (1378823) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Evan Frederick Webb (420767) (First Pilot)
Sergeant Malcolm Hunter Welch (926914) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Frederick Ernest Williams (404772) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Jack Stephen Richards Woolnough (408003) (Instructor 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 A705, 163/179/127

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