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WHEN an RAAF transport aircraft crashed near Brisbane early on Saturday 23 service personnel, including three members of the WAA AF, were killed. There were no survivors. Two of the victims were Tasmanians. The aircraft, on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, crashed into heavy timber shortly after taking off in the darkness, and was destroyed.

OF the 23 persons killed 17 were members of the RAAF, one was an Australian Army officer, two were US Army officers, and three were members of the WAAAF. Among those killed was LAC Paton

 An immediate inquiry is being held into the cause of the crash.

The Minister for Air (Mr Drake Ford) extended his deepest sympathy to all relatives and friends of those who perished in the accident.

LAC Paton was a native of Hobart, and before joining the RAAF was employed by Charles Davis Ltd. He was educated at The Friends School. He was returning on leave to Hobart.

The son of Mr and Mrs T. J. Paton, New Town, LAC Paton leaves a wife and three children. His wife was formerly Miss Laura Barnett, daughter of Mr J. J. N. Barnett. In civil life LAC Paton was a keen lake fisherman, and was an "A" grade player of tennis and badminton. He was a member of the Ubique Masonic Lodge.








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