LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Robert Henry WILKINSON

Service No: 408130
Born: Hobart TAS, 5 December 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 January 1941
Unit: No. 5 Squadron, Rockhampton QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-288), Croydon NSW, 28 September 1942, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Narrabri Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Arthur and Hilda Overton Wilkinson, of Newtown, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Hobart TAS
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1645 hours on 28 September 1942, Wirraway A20-288 appeared to stall during a turn and then crashed at Croydon, New South Wales, killing both crew members who were:

Flight Sergeant James Raymond Close (26784) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Robert Henry Wilkinson (408130) (Pilot)

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, 110

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