ON 20 MARCH 1944


Dragon DH84 A34-58 of 4 Communications Unit, crashed at the edge of Toowoomba Airfield at 1150 hours E.A.S.T. on 20 March 1944 during a non-operational down-wind landing. All four RAAF personnel on board, comprising the crew of two from 4 Communications Unit and two high ranking passengers, were killed in this tragic crash.

Flight Sergeant Jack Hume Bird (409131), 4 Communications Unit
Leading Aircraftman John Royal Twyford (20460), 4 Communications Flight
Squadron Leader James Joseph Henry (1688), Air Force Headquarters
Squadron Leader Oswald Terence Cantor (261104), Headquarters North Western Area

The aircraft overshot the airfield and hit a fence crashing into trees and catching fire. The aircraft was a complete write-off. The probable cause of the accident was unknown.

Three of the above were killed in the crash and LAC Twyford died of his injuries at 1525 hours in No. 1 Australian Orthopedic Hospital Toowoomba.

A funeral service for Sqn/Ldr Oswald Cantor and Sqn/Ldr J.J. Henry was held at 1015 hours at Toowoomba Cemetery on 22 March 1944. Reverend Padre Shand of the Church of England officiated at the service.

Sqn/Ldr Cantor is buried in the Military Section of the Toowoomba Cemetery, Plot A. Row D. Grave 14.

Sqn/Ldr J.J. Henry is buried in Plot A. Row C. Grave 15. of Toowoomba Cemetery.

F/Sgt Jack Hume Bird is buried in Plot B. Row C. Grave 5. of Toowoomba Cemetery.

LAC J. R. Twyford is buried in Plot A. Row C. Grave 16. of Toowoomba Cemetery.



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