Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) served with the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. He was the son of Joseph Potter and Marion Ruth Potter. Alan lived in Prospect, South Australia with his wife Eunice Laurel Potter.
Flight Sergeant Potter died on 23rd July 1943 aged 30 years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with the RAF No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit.
On 23rd July 1943, he was navigator and bomb aimer in Bristol Beaufort JM451 taking off from Maghaberry Airfield, Co. Antrim. The crew was detailed to carry out non-operational day-time map reading, air to air firing, photography, and QCM exercises. Potter and the remaining crew members died when the plane came down at 1035hrs five miles west of Swatragh, Co. Antrim.
Alan Gilbert Potter’s grave is in Eglantine Church of Ireland Cemetery, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Also killed in the incident were Captain F.O. Aspinall (RCAF), Flight Sergeant R.D. Eaglen (RAF), and Sergeant E.C. Buttle (RAF).