LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Murray SCARR

Service No: 428054
Born: Hobart TAS, 16 September 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 October 1942
Unit: No. 31 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 31 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A8-9), Morotai, 17 February 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Herbert Vaux Scarr and Effie Vida Lillian Scarr, of West Hobart, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Hobart TAS
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1300 hours on 17 February 1945, Beaufighter A8-9 crashed about 20 miles south west of Gela Point, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies. The aircraft was on a non-operational routine and gunnery training flight and both crew members were killed.

The crew members of A8-9 were:

Pilot Officer Leonard Harry Chester (438593) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Murray Scarr (428054) (Pilot)

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, 166/37/938; A9845, 51

Bibliography:

Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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