Flying Officer Melville Maxwell CASTLE

Service No: 424966
Born: Wagga Wagga NSW, 27 May 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1942
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Station East Sale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-143), Paynesville VIC, 30 July 1945, Aged 32 Years
Buried: Sale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward Sinclair Castle and Charlotte Elizabeth Castle, of Gunbarwood, Queensland.
Roll of Honour: Chinchilla QLD
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

When Beaufort A9-143 crashed on Waddy Island about three and a half miles south-east of Paynesville, it was the fifth aircraft accident for No I OTU in July 1945. The crew of three were killed instantly on impact.

Extract from Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993 – Page 143

During an authorised low-flying non-operational exercise, A9-143 struck the ground in a nose-down attitude during a steep turn. The crew members of A9-143 were:

Flying Officer Melville Maxwell Castle (424966) (Pilot under instruction)
Flying Officer Robert Meath Hammond (415870) (Instructor Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Stanley Trevor Lloyd (431375) (Wireless Operator)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 245


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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