Lindeman, Ross Wellesley (No. 403141)

Lindeman, Ross Wellesley (Ross)


No. 403141, 153 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 25 January 1942 (aged 21)


Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Ballyeasborough, Co. Down (Grave 2)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Australian War Memorial (Panel 125)

Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Church (as R.W. Lineman)


Ross Wellesley Lindeman was born on 4 October 1920 in Burwood, Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia, and he was the youngest son of Frederick Harold and Hilda Maud Lindeman (nee Mullens) of Edgecliff, New South Wales.  They were married on 12 October 1912 in Homebush, New South Wales and they had at least three children – Colin, Bruce, and Ross.

For a time, the Lindeman family lived at the Ben Ean Vineyards at Polkolbin, New South Wales and, before he joined the Royal Australian Air Force, Ross was employed at Lysaghts (Galvanized Products) of Newcastle, New South Wales.  Ross Wellesley Lindeman’s father died on 20 October 1938 and his mother died on 20 October 1981.  Ross Lindeman’s brother Colin also joined the Royal Australian Air Force and during the Second World War he served in Malaya while Ross served in Europe.

On 25 January 1942, in the afternoon, Sergeant Ross Lindeman of 153 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert was flying a Boulton Paul Defiant aircraft (N1647).  He took off from RAF Eglinton in County Londonderry to fly to RAF Ballyhalbert.  Before the flight the aircraft had been tested and found to be fully serviceable.  There was a gusty wind blowing, the general weather conditions were described as ‘fair’ and the visibility as ‘excellent’.

The accident occurred immediately after take off when the aircraft was seen to bank steeply on take off, turn over on its back and dive into
the ground.  Both crew members were killed.  The other man who died was Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) Robert Low aged 26 (Royal Air Force) and he was buried in Aberdeen (Allenvale) Cemetery in Scotland.

Sergeant Ross Wellesley Lindeman (No. 403141) was 21 when he was killed and he is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial (Panel 125) and in Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Church (as R.W. Lineman).