LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Donald William FERGUSON

Service No: 416943
Born: Melbourne VIC, 10 February 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1941 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 13 Aircraft Repair Depot Beaufort aircraft A9-452), Charters Towers, 22 March 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Charters Towers War Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William James Ferguson and Ruth Ferguson, of Clare, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Clare SA
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 1315 hours on 22 March 1944 Beaufort A9-452 crashed 8 kms north of Fanning, Queensland, after its starboard engine caught fire during a travel flight. On board were:

Leading Aircraftman William Glen Cadd (140268) Fatally injured: Died 22 March 1944
Pilot Officer Donald William Ferguson (416943) (Pilot) Fatally injured: Died 22 March 1945
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Charles Sykes (418203) Fatally injured: Died 23 March 1944
Flight Sergeant Roy Herbert Williamson (413920) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 22 February 1946
Flight Sergeant John Neil Wise (408494) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 25 May 1945

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, 258

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