Alan Gilbert Potter

Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) served with Royal Australian Air Force in World War Two. He was the son of Australian Joseph and Marion Potter.

Flight Sergeant

Alan Gilbert Potter

417302

Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) served with Royal Australian Air Force in World War Two. He was the son of Australian Joseph and Marion Potter.

Flight Sergeant Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) served with the Royal Australian Air Force in World War Two. 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. He was thirty years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with the Royal Air Force 5 (C) Operational Training Unit.

RAAF Beaufort

Imperial War Museum Photo: CH 5963 (Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection). A Bristol Beaufort in Royal Australian Air Force markings in use in an Operational Training Unit during World War Two. Photo taken by Royal Air Force Official Photographer.

On 23rd July 1943, he was navigator and bomb aimer in Bristol Beaufort JM451 taking off from Maghaberry Airfield. They were 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.

William Murray Mullins and Albert Gilbert Potter

Australian War Memorial Photo: SUK11634. The graves of Flight Sergeants William Murray Mullins (418542) and Alan Gilbert Potter (417302) of the Royal Australian Air Force. Photo taken on 12th March 1944.

Alan Gilbert Potter’s grave is in Eglantine All Saints Church of Ireland Cemetery, Lisburn, Co. Down. Also killed in the incident were Captain FO Aspinall (RCAF), Flight Sergeant RD Eaglen (RAF), and Sergeant EC Buttle (RAF).

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