LEST WE FORGET

Corporal Ernest Lochlan EASTALL

Service No: 88705
Born: Ulverstone TAS, 21 May 1909
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 February 1943
Unit: No. 7 Transportation and Movements Office, Milne Bay
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 33 Squadron C47 aircraft A65-56), Milne Bay PNG, 11 September 1945, Aged 36 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ernest Newport Eastall and Maud Lydia Eastall; husband of Jean Molly Eastall, of Launceston, Tasmania.
Roll of Honour: Penguin TAS
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 11 September 1945, RAAF Dakota aircraft A65-56 crashed into the sea off Milne Bay, PNG, killing all on board. Those on board were:

Crew Members:

Flight Lieutenant Eric Clarence Beer (253615) (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant John Francis Mulcahy (403946) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Francis Xavier Sullivan (449405) (Wireless Air Gunner)

Passengers:

Flight Sergeant James Neville Davis (433345)
Sergeant Keith Hugh Devenish (17286)
Sergeant Wesley Greg Doran (50353)
Corporal Ernest Lochlan Eastall (88705)
Flight Lieutenant William John Gordon (419569)
Aircraftman Class 1 Albert John Haslam (159583)
Leading Aircraftman Percy Badon Healy (162787)
Corporal Neil Stuart Mackay (139076)
Corporal Michael Francis Moran (118118)
Flying Officer William Patrick Reedman (435578)
Flight Sergeant Kevin Francis Rutherford (433825)
Leading Aircraftman William Douglas Goldie Stevens (418569)
Leading Aircraftman Albert Grant Walton (151902)

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, 116

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