LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Donald Algernon FLAVEL

Service No: 416663
Born: Gladstone SA, 1 October 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Station East Sale, VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-228), near Eskdale VIC, 4 June 1945, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Joseph Albert and Eva Flavel; husband of Dulcie Merle Flavel, of Bathurst New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Gladstone SA
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 4 June 1945, Beaufort A9-228 crashed on Mount Tawonga, near Eskdale, killing its crew. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Robert Victor Clayton (406640) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Donald Algernon Flavel (416663) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Lloyd Joseph Sims (434749) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Frederick Anthony Wallis (408715) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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, 245

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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