Pilot Officer Allan John BEER

Service No: 403896
Born: Sydney NSW, 20 July 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 118 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 118 Squadron Spitfire aircraft W3429), Netherlands, 10 April 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Bergen General Cemetery, Noord Holland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sydney and Gertrude Beer, of Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: St David’s Uniting Church World War 2 Stained Glass Windows, Lindfield NSW
Remembered: St David’s Uniting Church Roll of Honour, Lindfield NSW

On a daytime operational flight on 10 April 1943, Spitfire W3429 was one of four Spitfires of B Flight detailed to attack barge concentrations at Zand. Intense light anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the engine of W3429 was hit and seen to be on fire. Pilot Officer Beer glided towards a field but shortly after the aircraft was seen to be burning in two distinct fires 25 yards apart. The aircraft had exploded on landing, killing Pilot Officer Beer.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/5/116
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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