Nowra part one
Nowra part two
Nowra part three
Nowra part four
Brisbane & North
Macrossan & Wedding
WAAAF Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force World War Two recollections of Margaret Clarke describing her experiences from 1941 to 1945
Part Four - Crashes
While I was stationed in Nowra in 1943, two Beaufort Bombers crashed at Jervis Bay, killing the crews in both aircraft. It was a very sad time, as I knew some of the crew by sight and others I had met at the dances. On the day of the crash, I saw Jack Norman and 'Titchy' (Ray) Solomon walking down to the runway, when I was on morning parade. They were laughing and joking and I can still picture them in my mind.
I have watched the newsreel many times on television and become rather tearful each time.
The following information is from this website where you can find more detailed reports on these incidents.
COLLISION OF TWO BEAUFORTS AT JERVIS BAY, NSW 14 APRIL 1943
and the third Beaufort pulls away to the left
On 14 April 1943, two Beauforts collided with each other over Jervis Bay. They were A9-27 and A9-268 from Base Torpedo at Nowra. They were carrying out a series of dummy runs and torpedo attacks on HMAS Burra-bra for a group of accredited War Correspondents on board the ship.
The accident was filmed by Fox Movietone News cameraman Eric Bieve and has been shown many times over the years. It also featured in the television documentary "This Fabulous Century". Flight Lieutenant David George Dey and his crew and Flying Officer Raymond Sydney Green and his crew were all killed.
DITCHING of ARVO ANSON AT JERVIS BAY, NSW MAY 1943
CRASH of ARVO ANSON AT JERVIS BAY, NSW SEPT 1943
on 9 September 1943 killing all three crew members
One of our Equipment Officers with some airman had to go there to recover the bodies and perform other duties. As he was rather overweight and in my opinion not really fit, I do not know how he managed to get there, seeing the terrain in these photos.