LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Dennis Aloysius LENIHAN

Service No: 416435
Born: Mitcham SA, 21 June 1910
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Air Observers School Anson aircraft W2020), Mount Cole VIC, 21 May 1942, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Adelaide (West Terrace) Cemetery, SA
CWGC Additional Information: Husband of Nancy Beatrice Lenihan, of Port Vincent.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 21 May 1942, Avro Anson W2020 hit trees while descending in low visibility at Mount Cole, south of Eversley.

The crew members of W2020 were:

Pilot Officer George William Holman (409119) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Edward Hope Illingworth (406619) (Pilot)
Sergeant Denis Aloysius Lenihan (416435) (Observer Instructor)
Leading Aircraftman Arthur Edmond Pott (405932) (Observer Student) Injured, Killed on Air Operations: 4 November 1944
Leading Aircraftman Edwin Cyril Snell (414269) (Observer Student)

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 Records A9845, 75

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