Sergeant John Stuart PADMAN

Service No: 8835
Born: Adelaide SA, 28 January 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 February 1940
Unit: No. 5 Squadron, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-189), Wilson’s Promontory VIC, 6 October 1941, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Springvale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward Clyde Padman and Myra Elizabeth Padman, of Balaklava, South Australia. B.A. (Adelaide), Dip. Ed. (Oxon)
Roll of Honour: Balaklava SA
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 1100 hours on 6 October 1941, Wirraway A20-189 crashed into the sea at Swimashore Bay, Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria, during an army cooperation exercise. The crew members were:

Sergeant John Stuart Padman (8835) (Observer)
Pilot Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Frederick Arthur Watchorn DFC (400848) (Pilot) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 4 October 1945


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, 108


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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