ON 2 JULY 1943

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RAAF Beaufort A9-126 of No. 5 Operational Training Unit at Forest Hill crashed into the sea between Mallacoota and Moruya in New South Wales on 2 July 1943. They were taking part in a "navigational and strip landing exercise". They were to proceed to Nowar where they would land, then to Moruya and then to Mallacoota where a second landing was to be made. They were then due to proceed to Babel Island and East Sale, landing there to refuel and then return to Forest Hill.

A9-126 landed at Nowra at 0742 L hours and took off for Mallacoota at 0801 L hours. It was seen passing over Moruya at about 0830 L hours flying at about 50 feet in an easterly direction. It was due to arrive at Mallacoota at about 0900 L hours but did not arrive.

The pilot, 28 year old Flight Sergeant Milton Kenneth Simpson (406880) was one of 6 people who were killed in this crash.

Pilot Officer Stanley Edward Carey (410947)
Flight Sergeant Milton Kennneth Simpson (406880)
Flight Sergeant Laurence Harry Hellewell (30441?)
Flight Sergeant William Beauchamp Cameron (24908)
Sergeant Donald James Davie (423666)
Leading Aircraftman Charles William John Young (69679)



Subject:     Beaufort Bomber Missing July 2nd NSW.
Date:              Mon, 31 Jul 2000 17:25:49 +0800
From:            "Ann McEvoy" <>

Mr Dunn,

Found your website through the DPS Group in Perth, my sincere compliments.

My father Milton Kenneth Simpson, Flight Sergeant 406880 was the pilot on this flight and I have obtained copies of the enquiry regarding the event from the archives in Canberra.

I do not have the papers at the moment as I have lent them to my Aunt, Ken's sister ,to read but can get them shortly.

If any of this information is of use to your research please email me and I will supply the data.

If any of this information is of use to your research please email me.

From Ann McEvoy


Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?


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