4 MAY 1944
CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY

IN THE TOLGA AREA

 

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Wirraway

 

RAAF Wirraway, A20-513, of 5 Squadron, based in Mareeba, crashed during a familiarisation flight at 1530 hours on 4 May 1944 in the Tolga area, killing Flying Officer Percy T. Jeffery (Wireless Operator/Observer) and Flying Officer F.A. Mitchell (Pilot).  They were both subsequently buried at the Atherton War Cemetery.

The confirmatory memorandum indicates that an eye-witness stated; "...the engine cut-out, the aircraft wobbled several times and then spun to earth." The funeral service was held at the Military Section of the Atherton Cemetery the following day at 1500hrs and Army Padre Hall from the 2/6 Australian General Hospital at Rocky Creek conducted the Service.

Percy Jeffrey had enlisted in the R.A.A.F. on the 3rd September 1935 as a Wireless Telegraphist Operator and later remustered to Air Gunner and Air Observer and was then posted to 21 Squadron and sent to Singapore where he remained until returning to Australia in March 1942. He was then posted to 5 Squadron on the 23 March 1942 and then Commissioned on the 1st October of that year. He remained with the Squadron until his death. This information was supplied to Steve Fowler by his daughter Fran James.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone

 

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