5 OCTOBER 1942
CRASH OF AN AVRO ANSON
NEAR WRECK ROCK, BARGARA BEACH
RAAF Avro Anson, AX656, of 8 Service Flying Training School 8 SFTS at Bundaberg crashed into the sea near Wreck Rock, near Bargara Beach on 5 October 1942. The aircraft took off on an instrument flying training flight at 0815 hours and was declared overdue at 1200 hours on 5 October 1942. The duration of the training flight was scheduled to last only 1 hours 40 minutes. The Police were notified and twenty aircraft began searching for the missing aircraft.
Three small aircraft plywood fragments, a brass plate and some fabric were washed ashore between Bargara Beach and a point 20 miles north of Baffle Creek on 11 October 1942 indicating the aircraft hit the water with considerable force. They were found by Edward Robert Olsen of the Globe Hotel, Perry Street, North Bundaberg. One fragment bore the pencilled figures C 56. RAAF Personnel immediately left for the location and found a large quantity of wreckage from the missing aircraft between Bargara and Wreck Rock.
Roy Allan Wright of 22 Buss Street, South Bundaberg also contacted Police on 11 October 1942 advising that he had found a piece of plywood covered in fabric in Littabella Creek in front of a hut owned by Mr Gericke.
The Adjutant of 8 SFTS R.A. Hendy advised Police that based on the debris that had been found he believed the aircraft dived into the sea between Rosedale and Wreck Point.
The back pad of a parachute harness was recovered from the beach at Moore Park on 17 October 1942. This back pad was identified as part of one of three parachutes missing with the aircraft.
The three crew members listed below were listed as missing and their bodies were never recovered:-
P/O George William Turner (273754) Instructor
LAC Kevin Lynch (414247) Trainee
LAC George Linden Russell (413261)
"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone
SOURCE:- Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia
Crash: No. 252
Position: 24.48 - 152.28
Department of Aviation Chart No: 3340
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