FLTLT George Alexander Anderson 22465

Squadron/s13 SQN
Rank On Discharge/Death Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT)
Mustering / SpecialisationPilot
Date of Birth23 Apr 1918
Date of Death27 Jan 1945
Contributing Author/sDavid Hamilton and Ron Rigg.
Updated by Vince Conant June 2013
The Spitfire Association

Flight Lieutenant George Anderson was a Lockheed Ventura pilot with 13 Squadron.

George was born on the 23rd April 1918 at Macleay River, Tasmania. He enlisted on the 20th May 1940.

George was part of the crew of Lockheed Ventura A59-84 of 13 Squadron RAAF which crashed about 800 yards south east of Gould Airfield in the Northern Territory on the 27th January 1945, with the loss of 6 lives as follows:
- F/Lt George Alexander Anderson (22465)
- F/O Charles George Watts (423956)
- F/O Murden Anderson Chowns (426311)
- F/O Bruce Lionel Poole (425050)
- LAC James David Pugh (46571)
- Warrant Officer John Kay (403695)

It had taken off at 0530 hrs on an operational flight. Twenty minutes later, it returned to Batchelor and requested landing instructions. These were given and shortly afterwards the aircraft struck the ground apparently during the approach. It disintegrated and burned on impact. George and five others lost their lives in the acccident.

The photo, courtesy of Robert Boyd, is of a Lockheed Ventura A59-89 V. Similar to that in which George was one of 6 killed.

Adelaide River War Cemetery where George is buried.

George's headstone.

Learn more about the squadron/s in which George served.