NAA: A9300, PITT P M is the personal service file for F.O. PITT - please see link below - but does not appear to contain Pitt's service number, and the spelling of his name varies depending on who has filled out forms but should be PHILIP MACKENZIE.
Pitt was a Duntroon cadet from 1917 until the end of 1920 (No. 260), was sent to the UK in 1921-1922 for training in artillery and ordnance, then garrisoned at Georges Heights in Mosman (Sydney) until seconded to the RAAF and sent to Point Cook for flight training starting 27 Jan 1925. He graduated 31 Oct 1925, was posted to Richmond NSW and piloted the De Havilland DH9 A6-28 that crashed at Canberra Aerodrome on 11 Feb 1926.
I am trying to find his complete service file, and any photos of him, in order to verify whether he is the subject of the portrait attached (photographed at Lemaire Studio in Sydney and mounted in a brass bombsight recovered from the crash, now on display in the Canberra & District Historical Society's premises at Curtin ACT.)
Grateful for any advice, tips, leads! I am hoping the AWM collection will contain photos but cannot seem to interrogate those records without his service number. I find the NAA Recordsearch incredibly hard to use.
It seems that other casualties like Pitt in NAA item BC#6950662 titled "Register of RAAF flying accidents - analysis and statistics", are not listed on the Australian War Memorial site either (unless they'd been in WW1). Maybe they are not listed on the Australian War Memorial because they did not perform any war (like) duties. You'd need to ask the AWM what their listing criteria are ...
Thank you Sylvia. The other fatality was William Edward CALLANDER, A.C.1 No. 370, the Observer and aerial photographer, aged 25. He was married with 2 small children. They were on a mission to survey the Murrumbidgee Valley. Since posting the original item I've been told that military officers during this period didn't have service numbers, so that makes it very much harder to locate any items in the AWM collection with a surname like Pitt
Jane, Have you seen this site which shows this photo with further details about the subject
Link to his Nominal Roll record