Flying Officer Donald Gordon TAYLOR

Service No: 406738
Born: Cottesloe WA, 6 January 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 31 Squadron, Coomalie Creek NT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 31 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-116), Milingimbi NT, 25 September 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Gordon and Frances Taylor; husband of Doreen Lydia Taylor, of Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Beaufighter A19-116 crashed just after takeoff at Milingimbi, killing all on board. Those killed were:

Leading Aircraftman Nathaniel Ross Beggs (40978) (Fitter IIE)
Corporal John Roland Gorton (19218) (Fitter IIE)
Flying Officer Ronald Arthur Hocking (39161) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Donald Gordon Taylor (406738) (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, 17


Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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