LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Eric William SWEETNAM

Service No: 408077
Born: Hobart TAS, 16 May 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 June 1940
Unit: Base Torpedo Unit, Nowra NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (Base Torpedo Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-27), Jervis Bay NSW, 14 April 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Nowra War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert William and Erica Sweetnam, of Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Hobart TAS
Remembered: Panel 111, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0955 hours on 14 April 1943, Beaufort aircraft A9-27 and A9-268 collided over Jervis Bay. All eight crew members from both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of A9-27 were:

Flight Sergeant Albert John Bailey (409976)
Flying Officer Raymond Sydney Green (408110) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Maurice Francis Hoban (409118)
Pilot Officer Eric William Sweetnam (408077)

The crew members of A9-268 were:

Flight Lieutenant David George Dey (280627) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Jack Norman (407561)
Sergeant Hugh Sydney George Richardson (410093)
Pilot Officer Rex Lindsay Solomon (408149)

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, 176

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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