LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant George Frederick RAFFEN

Service No: 416364
Born: Hilton SA, 8 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1941
Unit: No. 2 Operational Training Unit, Mildura VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Operational training Unit Wirraway aircraft A20-373), Mildura, 24 January 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Mildura Public Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Percy Edward Leonard and Vera Violet Raffen, of Hilton, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Adelaide 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

Brother of Flying Officer John Percy Raffen (407183)

At 2245 hours on 24 January 1943, Sergeant Raffen flying solo in Wirraway A20-373 was killed when engine failure soon after takeoff resulted in the aircraft making a forced landing at night.

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, 112

Bibliography:

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

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