LEST WE FORGET

Squadron Leader Daniel Kerr MATTHEWS

Service No: 407004
Born: Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada, 12 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 April 1940 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: School of Army Cooperation, Canberra
Died: Aircraft Accident (School of Army A20-116), Merricumbene NSW, 16 September 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Canberra (Woden) Public Cemetery, ACT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Revd. John Kerr Matthews and Daisy Elizabeth Matthews, of Payneham, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At around midnight on 16 September 1943, Wirraway A20-116 crashed about 10 kms from the Jura River Post Office while on a photographic task. Both crew members were killed. Those crew members were:

Squadron Leader Daniel Kerr Matthews (407004) (Pilot)
Flying Officer William Harold Sebastian (1247) (Photographer)

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, 105

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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