LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Basil Goodwin JONES

Service No: 425
Born: 12 June 1905, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School, Western Junction TAS
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School Tiger Moth aircraft R5186), Symonds Plains TAS, 30 May 1941, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Hobart (Cornelian Bay) Public Cemetery, Tasmania
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sir Henry Jones and Lady Jones, of Hobart; husband of Beatrice Elizabeth Jones, of Sandy Bay. LL.B.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1120 hours on 30 May 1941, Tiger Moth R5186 crashed at Symonds Plains, five miles south east of Western Junction, Tasmania, and Flying Officer Jones was killed. During forced landing instruction practice, R5186 collided with R5185 that was taking off. Both aircraft were restored to service.

The crew members of R5186 were:

Flying Officer Basil Goodwin Jones (425) (Instructor Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman David Stuart Brown (401489) (Student Pilot) Injured, Died – Prisoner of War (Executed): 26 May 1942

The Pilot of R5185 was:

Leading Aircraftman Keith Abraham Baxter (401483) (Student Pilot) Uninjured, Discharged from the RAAF: 19 December 1945 (Prisoner of War: 3 October 1942)

References:

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, 32/15/65; A9845, 86; A705, 163/39/52

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