LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Albert Ross POINTON

Service No: 5480
Born: Curramulka SA, 11 November 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 December 1939 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 100 Squadron, Goodenough Island
Died: Ground Accident (Motor Vehicle Accident), Goodenough Island, New Guinea, 14 April 1944, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Point Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Adelaide Christina Pointon; husband of Edna Doreen Pointon, of Jervois, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Jervois SA
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 2035 hours on 14 April 1944, an accident involving service vehicle 206683 occurred on Goodenough Island. The RAAF members killed were:

Flight Sergeant Albert Ross Pointon (5480)
Leading Aircraftman Eric James Wallis (75251)

The RAAF Members injured were:

Leading Aircraftman John Robert Buchanan (19911) Discharged from the RAAF: 7 November 1945
Leading Aircraftman Norman Edward Jackson (48544) Discharged from the RAAF: 29 November 1945
Corporal William John Murton (55415) Discharged from the RAAF: 20 April 1946
Leading Aircraftman Maxwell Richard Payten (423482) (Driver) Discharged from the RAAF: 24 September 1945
Sergeant (later Warrant Officer) John Thomas Rowan (34794) Discharged from the RAAF: 9 may 1946
Leading Aircraftman Albert Joseph Garnaut Thompson (48907) Discharged from the RAAF: 18 December 1945
Aircraftman James Joseph Tracey (131551) Discharged from the RAAF: 4 January 1946

These members were the Duty Crew who were returning to camp.

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 A9301, 5480

Bibliography:

Graham, B. (Burton) and Frank Smyth, A Nation Grew Wings: The Story of the RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in New Guinea, Winterset House Publishers Melbourne VIC, 1946
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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