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RAAF - No. 14 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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14 SQUADRON RAAF - Coastal reconnaissance, Avro Anson

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14 Squadron RAAF was formed at Pearce in Western Australia on 6 February 1939. Its first Commanding Officer was Flight Lieutenant C.W. Pearce. The Squadron was initially equipped with Avro Ansons.

When WW2 was declared in Europe, 14 Squadron commenced reconnaissance flights along the western coastline of Australia. It also carried out anti-submarine patrols to protect the troop ships carrying Australian troops to the Middle East.

14 Squadron was re-equipped with Mark IV Lockheed Hudsons in in mid 1940. On occasions, a small detachment was established at Albany.


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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

16/05/1940: ? 1 Plane lost, 3 KIA, 1 MIA

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16/05/1940: ? 1 Plane lost, 3 KIA, 1 MIA

Three Avro Ansons left Point Cook at 1145 on 16 May 1940, enroute from Pearce to Camden, callsigns 8BNE, 8BNF and 8BNA. BNE eventually reached Cootamundra, but BNF and BNA attempted to return to Point Cook. BNA went missing and was found to have crashed on Mount Torbreck, near Eildon. The aircraft was of 14 Squadron RAAF.

Avro Anson
Serial number: ?, A4-4
Operation: ?
Lost: 16/05/1940
Flying Officer Anthony A. Daniel, RAAF 243, age 22, 16/05/1940, Victoria Cremation Memorial, Australia. Place of Death: Mt Torbeck, Vic. Cause of Death: Accidental
Corporal Francis E. Hyland, RAAF 3515, [14 Sqn] age 27, 16/05/1940, Fawner Memorial Park Cemetery, Australia. Place of Death: Mt Torbeck, Vic. Cause of Death: Accidental
Corporal Herman F. Sass, RAAF 2560, [14 Sqn], age 23, 16/05/1940, Perth (Karrakatta) Crematorium, Australia. Place of Death: Near Mt Torbreck, Eilden Weir, Victoria (previous place of death: Off WA Coast)
Cause of Death: Accidental
Corporal Ivan L. Stowdor, RAAF 2474, [14 Sqn] age 25, 16/05/1940, missing in S.E. Pacific -Sydney Memorial. Place of Death: Off WA Coast
Cause of Death: Accidental
See: Crash of an Avron Anson, A4-4 of 14 Squadron RAAF
On Mount Torbreck, near Eildon in Victoria on 16 May 1940

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This page is dedicated to the men of 14 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force.

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