Flight Sergeant Cecil Reginald Henry Foster (RAAF)

Cecil Foster was born in Towoomba on the 10th August 1915 to Wilfred Jack foster and his wife Mabel Rose (nee Brister). Cecil had a brother & sister (Kenneth Mark (5 yrs) and Violet (2 yrs)

A3-158 was the aircraft that crashed 15 miles south east of Maryborough Airfield

on the 16th February 1944. The aircraft was written off in the forced landing.

Wackett Trainer, A3-158 of 3 Wireless Air Gunner's School at Maryborough, made a forced landing during a W/T training flight in a paddock at Bingham near Maryborough with ignition trouble. The aircraft lost height rapidly after it developed engine trouble forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a farmer's paddock.

The aircraft overshot the paddock and the pilot was unable to prevent the aircraft hitting a boundary fence. The investigation found that the damage caused to the aircraft was due to an error of judgement by the pilot and due to his inexperience.

The aircraft was seriously damaged and was subsequently converted to parts. One of the two occupants of the Wackett was slightly injured and the other was uninjured. The pilot of the Wackett was F.P.Bulbeck and the passenger was C.R.H. Foster.

The property owner was reimbursed £9/12/4 by the Commonwealth for the damage to his fence.

Cecil's parents were married in this church on the 1st June 1909

St Andrew's Church, Nuthurst, West Sussex

Photo: Pete Chapman