23 SQUADRON RAAF
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

 

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Photo from Bruce Hall - Photo taken by WW2 photographer W. Myers

Wirraway of 23 Squadron at Archerfield
flown by "Pop" Wood in 1941. The passenger may be Eric Shaw.

Can anyone tell me some more about "Pop" Wood"?

 

23 Squadron RAAF arrived at Leyburn airfield on 19 October 1944 from Menangle, NSW while 21 Squadron RAAF was still there.

 

All the following photographs are from Bruce Hall
Photographs were taken by WW2 photographer W. Myers

wirra02.jpg (25256 bytes) A Wirraway accident - presumed to be a 23 Squadron Wirraway. Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
wirra03.jpg (31786 bytes) "Bobby Gibbs doing a full roll in a  Wirraway" - presumed to be a 23 Squadron Wirraway.
wirra04.jpg (30935 bytes) Presumed to be a 23 Squadron Wirraway

 

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Photo via Tony Porter

23 Squadron Band at
Archerfield airfield in 1941

Front Row L/R:- ?, ?, ?, F/O Rice, F/Lt. Grant, W/Cdr Waters, F/Lt. Langton, F/O Collins, Sgt. Witt, Shaw Transport, T. O'Brien

Middle Row:- ?, D. Parker, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

Rear Row:- ?, ?, ?, J. Roberts, ?, ?

 

23 SQUADRON HONOUR ROLL

29 May 40 Kevin Ansell Goman Flying Officer   Accidental Queensland
29 May 40 Percy James Pritchard Warrant Officer 3097 Accidental Southport
12 Aug 40 Walter Keith Beeston Pilot Officer 24180 Accidental Queensland
Dudley Howard Downs Sergeant 2464 Accidental Off QLD coasr
Mervyn Stephen Matthews Flying Officer 382 Accidental Off QLD coast
Hamilton James O'Gorman Sergeant 2545 Accidental Off QLD coast
George Leslie Savage Leading Aircraftman 3746 Accidental Off QLD coast
Francis John Starr Aircraftman Class 1 5085 Flying accident Off QLD coast
25 Sep 40 Claude Vivian Thomson Aircraftman Class 1 5087 Ground accident Brisbane
3 Jan 1941 Cyril Henry Arthur Colman Squadron Leader 24058 KIA, body recovered from sea Off Worthing, UK
31 Jan 41 Godfrey Edward Turner Pilot Officer   Accidental Queensland
31 Jan 41 James Frederick Unsworth Flying Officer 763 Accidental Darra, Brisbane
20 Jan 42 Stanley Ernest Woodcroft Sergeant 22630 Flying Battle New Britain
11 Feb 42 Barton Irving Coutie Sergeant 405543 Flying Battle New Britain
11 Feb 42 Arthur Edward Quail Sergeant 404748 Flying Battle New Britain
11 Feb 42 Frank Leslie Oliver Thorn Pilot Officer 401471 Flying Battle Solomon Islands
13 Feb 42 George Arthur Ross Hardy Sergeant 404966 Accidental Cleveland, Brisbane
Allan Charles Lord Sergeant 2216 Flying accident Cleveland, Brisbane
Frank Stanley Pledge Sergeant 4576 Accidental Cleveland, Brisbane
Gordon Henry Williams Sergeant 405337 Accidental Cleveland, Brisbane
4 Mar 42 Eric Lyle McLauchlan Pilot Officer 405644 Flying Battle New Britain
28 Mar 43 Keith James Clark Aircraftsman Class 1 79872 Ground accident Lowood
6 Apr 43 John Campbell Lawrence Sergeant 411150 Accidental Kingaroy
7 Apr 42 Robert Eric Fraser Sergeant 405304 Accidental Toowoomba
7 Apr 42 James Alexander Mant Sergeant 5799 Accidental Toowoomba
13 Oct 43 Edward Warren Cosh Flight Sergeant 409086 Accidental Queensland
13 Oct 43 Norman Lloyd Jenkins Flight Sergeant 409712 Accidental Lowood
24 Feb 44 Noel George Burnell Flying Officer 409289 Flying Battle New Guinea
24 Feb 44 Charles McAllister Flying Officer 23352 Flying battle New Guinea
30 Apr 44 Frank Graeme McDonald Flight Sergeant 418154 Prisoner of War New Guinea
4 May 44 Henry James Addison Warrant Officer 413936 Accidental Hammond Island
4 May 44 Sydney Larner Porter Flying Officer 412681 Accidental Off QLD coast
27 Jul 45 Frank Grainger Vincent Hutton Flight Sergeant 437421 Flying Battle Celebes
31 Jul 45 Donald Sydney Guerin Leading Aircraftsman 140855 Ground accident Borneo
7 Oct 45 John Fraser Swain, DFC Flight Lieutenant 400607 Ground accident Darwin
9 Apr 46 Philip William Matthews Flight Lieutenant 406080 Accidental Philippines
29 Jul 46 Albert George Crane Corporal 33211 Tuberculosis New South Wales

 

23 Squadron RAAF
RAAF Station Archerfield

Crash of Wirraway A20-25
at French Street, Coorparoo, Brisbane
on 11 April 1940

Collision of two Wirraways
at Archerfield Airfield
on 3 August 1940

Crash of Wirraway, A20-155,
at Darra, Brisbane
on 31 January 1941

Collision of 2 Wirraways
over Cleveland on 13 Feb 1942

Forced landing of a Vultee Vengeance A27-223
on Warrior Reef on 20 March 1944

Crash of a Liberator at Darwin
on 2 November 1945

 

 

 

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