LENNE, HUBERT ALBERT Pilot Officer 375 24sq 19/12/1940 20 Royal Australian Air Force Australian R.C. Plot. Sec. 1. Line 1. Grave 3786A. MACKAY CEMETERY Australia Queensland Correction to date of accident versus date of death of the pilot plus additional info about the passenger and his award of the George Medal. CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY NEAR ST. LAWRENCE ON 29 NOVEMBER 1940 Wirraway A20-53 of 24 Squadron crashed at St. Lawrence on 29 NOVEMBER 1940, flown by Pilot Officer HUBERT ALBERT LENNE, 375 RAAF. The pilot died in a Mackay hospital on 19 December 1940 and was buried at MACKAY CEMETERY. The passenger was awarded a George Medal in 1941. The Air Observer, SGT GEOFFRY HENRY ELLIS – RAAF 205448 – survived the war and was discharged on 14 December 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. The London Gazette TUESDAY, 15 JULY, 1941 CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. St. James's Palace The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal to: 205448 Sergeant Geoffrey Henry Ellis, Royal Australian Air Force. This airman was the observer in a Wirraway aircraft which crashed and burst into flames when the pilot failed to make a successful forced landing necessitated by engine failure. The flames enveloped the whole of the fuselage. Sergeant Ellis escaped with a dislocated shoulder, abrasions to his face and arms and slight burns, but the pilot was trapped. In spite of his injuries, Sergeant Ellis re-entered the flaming aircraft, released the pilot and assisted him to escape. This most courageous act did not unfortunately save the pilot's life and the additional severe burns which Sergeant Ellis sustained almost proved fatal.