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Pilot Officer Arthur Jack Willcox

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Pilot Officer Arthur Jack Willcox

Birth
Hay Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Death
22 Dec 1943 (aged 30)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Ottawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Panel 3. Column 1.
Memorial ID
18428480 View Source

From RAAFA Aviation Heritage Museum's website:
https://aviationmuseumwa.org.au/afcraaf-roll/willcox-arthur-jack-424499/
"Mitchell FR376 took off from Oakes Field at 2000 hours on a non-operational flight on 22 December 1943 with a student crew to do a routine 2.5-hour navigational night exercise. A ground test of the radio before take-off was the last contact with the aircraft which did not use radio after take-off, and it did not return to base. The wreck of the aircraft was subsequently discovered in 10 feet of water, seven miles east of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 6.5 miles from the airfield. The aircraft had completely disintegrated, and there was no trace of any survivors. There were strong tides running in the crash area. In 1949 it was recorded that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea. Their names are commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, Canada."
Crew aboard Mitchell FR376 that were lost off the Bahamas on December 22, 1943:
*Sergeant Charles Fairweather Craig (1266276) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Flying Officer Hibbert Douglas Frye (J/13257) (RCAF) (Navigator)
*Pilot Officer John Charles McLean (J/28658) (RCAF) (Second Pilot)
*Flight Sergeant Bernard Norman Peterson (421988) (RNZAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Sergeant William Swire (1337191) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Pilot Officer Arthur Jack Willcox (424499) (Pilot)

From RAAFA Aviation Heritage Museum's website:
https://aviationmuseumwa.org.au/afcraaf-roll/willcox-arthur-jack-424499/
"Mitchell FR376 took off from Oakes Field at 2000 hours on a non-operational flight on 22 December 1943 with a student crew to do a routine 2.5-hour navigational night exercise. A ground test of the radio before take-off was the last contact with the aircraft which did not use radio after take-off, and it did not return to base. The wreck of the aircraft was subsequently discovered in 10 feet of water, seven miles east of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 6.5 miles from the airfield. The aircraft had completely disintegrated, and there was no trace of any survivors. There were strong tides running in the crash area. In 1949 it was recorded that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea. Their names are commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, Canada."
Crew aboard Mitchell FR376 that were lost off the Bahamas on December 22, 1943:
*Sergeant Charles Fairweather Craig (1266276) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Flying Officer Hibbert Douglas Frye (J/13257) (RCAF) (Navigator)
*Pilot Officer John Charles McLean (J/28658) (RCAF) (Second Pilot)
*Flight Sergeant Bernard Norman Peterson (421988) (RNZAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Sergeant William Swire (1337191) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
*Pilot Officer Arthur Jack Willcox (424499) (Pilot)


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