Bassan, Trevor William

Trevor flew Lockheed Hudsons with 2 Squadron.

Trevor was born on the 1st September 1918 at Casino in NSW. He enlisted on the 21st June 1941 and was killed in an accident on the 20th April 1943.

The following is an edited version of the Accident report: 
Accident 1920 Zulu (0610 hrs) 20th April 1943. (Web Master: One of the times must be incorrect) After taking off on a reconnaissance mission (HUG.46) to Timoeka DNG (Web Master: Possibly Timika in Dutch New Guinea, now Irian Jaya), when it was involved in a midair collision with another Hudson, A16-197, some four minutes later. A16-183 (Trevor’s aircraft) crashed on one of the Crocodile Islands north east of Millingimbi. The crew members were F/O K.R. Mills No. 405637, F/O R.E. John No. 409551, Sgt H.H. Hadley No. 411904, Sgt J.L. Barnes No. 404946 and Sgt T.W. Bassen. All on board were killed. The wreck area was located within 600 yards of the wreck of Hudson A16-197. All of the crew on the other Hudson were also killed.

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The photo is of the ill fated crew, except for Sergeant J.L. Barnes, standing in front of another Lockheed Hudson before the accident. Note that it includes F.R. Winzar who did not go on the flight. Left to right: 411985 Sergeant (later Pilot Officer) Trevor William Bassan, Wireless Air Gunner (WAG) of Woy Woy NSW; 411904 Sgt (later Flight Sergeant) Harold Herbert Keith Hadley, WAG of Mona Vale NSW; 404524 Pilot Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Fred Ronald Winzar, Observer of Townsville Qld; 405637 Flying Officer Keith Rosslyn Mills, Pilot of Brisbane Qld; 409551 PO (later FO) Noel Edward John of Sydney NSW.

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Trevor is buried at the Adelaide River War Cemetery (refer photo) grave C.A.4. He was the son of William Herbert and Catherine Bassan, and the husband of Edna May Basan of Rozelle, NSW.Ron Rigg and David Hamilton

Updated by Vince Conant
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