Flying Officer Vincent Thomas CONNELLAN

Service No: 407571
Born: Donald VIC, 1 January 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School, Narrendera NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 8 Service Flying Training School Tiger Moth aircraft A17-174), Narrendera, 9 May 1943, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Narrendera War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Peter and Lucy Connellan; husband of Eleanor Mary Connellan, of Balranald
Roll of Honour: Balranald NSW
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide
Remembered: Balranald War Memorial, Balranald NSW
Remembered: Balranald District Ex-Servicemen’s Memorial Club and Honour Roll, Balranald NSW
Remembered: Narrandera Tiger Moth Memorial, Narrandera NSW

At 1440 hours on 9 March 1943, Tiger Moth aircraft A17-174 and A17-257 collided over the Cobbaguaila satellite airfield. All four crew members from both aircraft were killed. The crew members were:


Flying Vincent Thomas Connellan (407571) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Philip McLean Phillips (422979) (Trainee Pilot)


Flying Officer Charles Edward Croft (401616) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Graham Murray Harding (423539) (Trainee Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 87
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002

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