Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert POTTER

Service No: 417302
Born: Warracknabeal VIC, 26 February 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 March 1942 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 5 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft JM451), Northern Ireland, 23 July 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Eglantine Church of Ireland Cemetery, County Down, Northern Ireland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Marion Ruth Potter; husband of Eunice Laurel Potter, of Prospect, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Lameroo SA
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 23rd July 1943 Beaufort JM451 was detailed to carry out a non operational daytime map reading, air to air firing, photography and QCM training exercise. The aircraft crashed at 1035 hours 8 kms west of Swatragh, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of JM451 were:

Flying Officer Maurice John William Aspinall (J/14046) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Eric Charles Buttle (1207235) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Reginald Douglas Eaglen (1027840) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)


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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/33/56

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