Sergeant Alan Frederick BATES

Service No: 413510
Born: Stanmore NSW, 7 July 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 September 1941
Unit: No. 2 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Operational Training Unit Wirraway aircraft A20-349), near Mildura VIC, 21 January 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Mildura Public Cemetery, Victoria
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lionel Frederick and Edna Muriel Bates, of Croydon Park, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Burwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 21st January 1943, Wirraway A20-349 collided with Wirraway A20-277 during an aerobatics combat exercise at a height of about 7,000 feet. Both aircraft crashed about 3 miles from the Mildura landing field, and three were killed in the accident with Flight Lieutenant Menzies baling out and surviving.

The crew members of A20-349 were:

Sergeant Alan Frederick Bates (413510) (Pilot under training)
Pilot Officer Geoffrey Edgar Taaffe (421099) (Staff Pilot)

The crew members of A20-277 were:

Flight Lieutenant James Stuart Menzies (250816) (Staff Pilot) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 12 July 1946
Sergeant John Michael David Ryan (414839) (Pilot under training)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9301, 413510; A9845, 74

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