Framed newspaper clipping, "Four Men Who Cheated Death" : Sergeant I M Sinclair, No. 2 Service Flying Training School RAAF

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Wagga Wagga
Accession Number P00150.021
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Wagga Wagga
Date made 29 September 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The mid-air collision of two Avro Anson aircraft, on a training flight from No. 2 Service Flying Training School (2SFTS) based at Wagga Wagga, resulted in this dramatic and successful crash landing. The two aircraft now locked together continued to fly; the trainee pilot in the upper Anson (N4876), Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Leonard Graham Fuller, found he could control the pair using the flying controls of his aircraft and the power of the engines from lower Anson (L9162). None of the crews were seriously injured in the collision; the crew of the lower aircraft, LAC Jack Hansen and LAC Hugh Fraser bailed out along with the observer from the upper aircraft, LAC Ian Sinclair. LAC Fuller successfully crash landed the two aircraft in a paddock near Brocklesby in southern New South Wales. On 18 March 1944 Fuller, by then a Flying Officer and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM), was killed in a flying accident at Sale while attached to No 1 Operational Training Unit (1OTU).