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6 July 2017
Memorials – 462 Squadron RAAF, Middle East Command

Deaths of personnel of 462 Squadron, in Middle East Command:-

– listed by date of death (from 6 September 1942 to end of February 1944);
– name, rank and Service Number, Air Force; and air crew position or ground crew trade;
– an aircraft serial number and pilot indicate loss of aircraft, with death of some or all of that crew;
– n. a. (= not applicable), i.e. death by ground accident, misadventure, sickness, or other;
– grave reference shows grave location at the relevant named Cemetery;
– Memorial reference shows name location on the Memorial.
(Please note that variations occur between various sources in relation to some the above information.)

Reference Sources:-
National Archives of Australia (Series A9186 Unit History of 462 Squadron Oct 1942 to Sept 1945);
Australian War Memorial;
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC);

462 Squadron RAAF Second World War Fatalities, by Alan Storr;
To See the Dawn Again; A History of 462 Squadron, RAAF by Mark Lax & Leon Kane-Maguire.
Please refer to Acknowledgements for additional reference details.

Aircrew positions:-
Pilot;
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (WOP/AG);
Observer (Obs), Navigator (Nav), Bomb Aimer (BA);
Flight Engineer (F/Eng);
Mid-Upper Gunner (MU/AG); Rear Gunner (R/AG).

Ground Crew trades:-
Fitter mechanic
Fitter 2A or Fitter IIA – Airframe maintainers
Fitter 2E or Fitter IIE – Engine maintainers
Arm – Armourers (guns?)
Arm/B – Armourers (bombs)
Elec I or Elec II – Electrical trades
Inst/Rep – Instrument repairers.

462 Squadron was officially formed at Fayid, Egypt on 6 September 1942, with variations of the exact date recorded by various authors and websites. As recorded in Storr's book (see reference sources above), the Hacking Crew had been posted to 462 Squadron from 227 Squadron, and were on a 462 Squadron Op on the evening of 6 September 1942, to bomb Heraklion Drome, Crete. After their aircraft was hit by flak, two of the crew baled and evaded capture and returned to Egypt; a third who baled became a PoW; and three (Hacking, Carson and Porritt) were found dead in the wreckage.
However that crew was recorded in Lax & Kane-Maguire's book (see reference sources above), as being a crew of 227 Squadron, flying a Halifax of 10 Squadron on the night of 5 September 1942.
The relevant pages in the ORB have not yet been located to identify correct details.
The Australian WW2 Nominal Roll (RAAF) entry records Carson's death on 6 September 1942, of 227 Squadron. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists him as Royal Australian Air Force, but without a Squadron.
CWGC lists Hacking as Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 227 Squadron; and Porritt as Royal Canadian Air Force, 227 (RAF) Squadron.
Hacking, Carson, and Porritt are included here as they had apparently commenced flying duties with 462 Squadron, but it seems that the paperwork regarding their posting from 227 Squadron had not yet been processed. They may be regarded as the first deaths recorded by 462 Squadron.

With reference to the Goldston crew, the CWGC have the 11 November 1942 as the date of death for Pilot Goldston and R/AG Steer, but 10 November 1942 for MU/AG Spencer. The crew took off from Fayid at 2037 on 10 November 1942, but failed to return; the other 4 aircraft landed safely at Fayid between 0320 and 0338 on the 11 November.

Deceased RAAF members also have their names listed in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial:-
Baxendale, Declerck, Freeman, and Scott in the Roll of Honour for 462 Squadron, Panel 109; Carson in Panel 120.

20 April 1943 (12 deaths) and 20 November 1943 (11 deaths) were the two worst days for ground crew losses for 462 Squadron, both events similarly occurring during the "bombing up" of an aircraft scheduled for Ops on those nights.

12 October 1943 was the worst day for loss of air crew from Ops, with the deaths of 12 aircrew based at Terria.
On the evening of 11/12 October, 8 aircraft from 462 Squadron were detailed to attack Maritza Aerodrome Rhodes. They took off between 2040 and 2054 hours on the evening of 11 October, with one early return at midnight with engine trouble. Six aircraft landing back at Terria between 0440 and 0525 hours on 12 October. The Hall crew failed to return – all 6 of the crew killed, with no known graves.
On the evening of the 12/13 October, 5 aircraft were again tasked to attack Maritza Aerodrome, with the aircraft taking off between 2341 and 2348 on the 12th. The Marsh crew crashed soon after take-off, and all 6 of the crew were killed. The other four aircraft and crews returned safely to Terria, landing between 0742 and 0821 on the 13th October.

More details may be viewed by following the blue links to crew pages.
This is an ongoing project, and new pages will be created, when more information has been located.
Please make contact if you are able to contribute to this site by supplying:-
photos of any of the 462 Squadron's headstones at the named cemeteries; or
photos of names on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt; or
photos of any of the named personnel, or information about them;
corrections to information listed below (please also advise your reference source).

Deaths of 462 Squadron, Middle East Command

Date Name Rank Service No. Force Crew position Aircraft Pilot Grave reference Cemetery or Memorial
06 September 1942 Alan Egbert HACKING F/Lt or S/Ldr 63487 RAFVR Pilot W.7679 Hacking 16. C. 8 Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete
06 September 1942 Allan Edwin CARSON F/Sgt 404537 RAAF WOP/AG W.7679 Hacking 5. E. 6 Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete
06 September 1942 William Jeremiah PORRITT F/Sgt R.58432 RCAF R/AG W.7679 Hacking 16. C. 7 Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete
23 October 1942 Albert George DECLERCK F/Sgt 402790 RAAF Pilot W.7659 Declerck Column 265 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
23 October 1942 Kenneth Hughes WHITMORE F/Sgt 999518 RAFVR Obs (Nav) W.7659 Declerck Column 250 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
23 October 1942 Leslie Walter GILES Sgt 1153580 RAFVR WOP/AG W.7659 Declerck Column 261 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
23 October 1942 Arthur Henry PEPPER F/Sgt R.82619 RCAF MU/AG W.7659 Declerck Column 264 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
23 October 1942 John Wilson TYSON F/Sgt 551714 RAF R/AG W.7659 Declerck Column 250 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
11 November 1942 John Raymond GOLDSTON S/Ldr 69428 RAFVR Pilot DT498 Goldston Column 247 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
10 ? November 1942 Roy SPENCER F/Sgt 1184656 RAF MU/AG DT498 Goldston 2. D. 23 Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
11 November 1942 James Francis Henry STEER Sgt 1256988 RAFVR R/AG DT498 Goldston Column 262 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
06 February 1943 Ronald MOORHOUSE F/O 121921 RAFVR Nav/BA W.7848 Fordham 7. D. 24 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
09 February 1943 Humphrey Ralph GREEN Sgt 1381429 RAFVR Pilot DT495 Green Column 270 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 George Henry HALE Sgt 1318812 RAFVR Obs (Nav) DT495 Green Column 270 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 Henry Nicholson BALMFORTH Sgt 1434390 RAFVR BA DT495 Green Column 270 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 William Sutherland MURRAY Sgt 987911 RAFVR WOP/AG DT495 Green Column 271 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 Michael Denis McHALE Sgt 1087959 RAFVR F/Eng DT495 Green Column 271 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 Donald McCARDLE Sgt 1425873 RAFVR MU/AG DT495 Green Column 271 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
09 February 1943 Thomas Edward MACKRILL Sgt 944296 RAFVR R/AG DT495 Green Column 271 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 April 1943 Francis Leo BAXENDALE AC1 6665 RAAF Fitter mechanic n. a. n. a. 6. E. 19 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 George Thomas ATKINSON Corporal 1112942 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Thomas BOAN LAC 1551256 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Victor COURTNEY AC1 1557703 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. E. 5 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Henry DYNE LAC 1204592 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Cyril GROVE LAC 1140019 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Edwin Roland LISTER LAC 577769 RAF ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 William Henry MASON Sgt 525479 RAF ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 3 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Truman Joseph MERRICKS LAC 1299118 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 John SCOTT LAC 994763 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Peter Thomas Robert SPRY LAC 1279389 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Robert Gray THOMPSON LAC 1551979 RAFVR ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
20 April 1943 Joseph Roy WATTS LAC 1352287 RAF ? n. a. n. a. 5. B. 5-11 Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
13 July 1943 Donald Byron CAMERON LAC 1274566 RAFVR Instrument Repairer II n. a. n. a. 3. D. 9 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
14 July 1943 Peter George Batty WARNER W/Cdr 84972 RAFVR Pilot W.7758 Warner
( Crew )
Column 267 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
14 July 1943 Stanley James ELPHICK F/O 116532 RAFVR Obs W.7758 Warner Column 268 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
14 July 1943 Robert Davies COPLEY Sgt 1289545 RAFVR WOP/AG W.7758 Warner Column 270 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
14 July 1943 Roy Edward PARSONS F/O 129972 RAFVR R/AG W.7758 Warner Column 268 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
16 July 1943 Samuel LEHRER LAC 774987 RAFVR Maintenance Assistant n. a. n. a. 7. G. 21 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
19 August 1943 Frederick Brook BIRMINGHAM F/Lt 113268 RAFVR Pilot BB423 Birmingham V. C. 22 Salerno War Cemetery, Italy
19 August 1943 Ernest Frederick BASS P/O 157436 RAFVR Nav BB423 Birmingham V. C. 20 Salerno War Cemetery, Italy
19 August 1943 Charles Sydney HOLTER P/O 161300 RAFVR WOP/AG BB423 Birmingham V. C. 21 Salerno War Cemetery, Italy
19 August 1943 Albert Arthur SCOTT Sgt 16890 RAAF F/Eng BB423 Birmingham V. C. 23 Salerno War Cemetery, Italy
19 August 1943 Alfred WHITING F/Sgt 1380793 RAFVR R/AG BB423 Birmingham V. C. 24 Salerno War Cemetery, Italy
12 October1943 Michael Frank HALL F/Sgt 1190798 RAFVR Pilot BB417 Hall
( Crew )
Column 269 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Frank Richmond Vincent NELLO W/O R.97524 RCAF Obs BB417 Hall Column 272 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Melbourne Glaister FRASER F/Sgt 1061575 RAFVR B A BB417 Hall Column 269 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Albert GRIFFIN F/Sgt 1379996 RAFVR WOP/AG BB417 Hall Column 269 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Gordon Frederick William LAWRENCE Sgt 1218515 RAFVR F/Eng BB417 Hall Column 271 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Raymond Llewellyn FENNELL F/Sgt 1262360 RAFVR R/AG BB417 Hall Column 269 Alamein Memorial, Egypt
12 October1943 Kenneth Ernest Mark MARSH F/Sgt 1386008 RAFVR Pilot BB433 ? Marsh 6. E. 13 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
12 October1943 Mitchell RIDLAND F/Sgt 421941 RNZAF Obs BB433 ? Marsh 6. G. 4 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
12 October1943 Ian William COLVIN Sgt 1575088 RAFVR B A BB433 ? Marsh 6. E. 12 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
12 October1943 Sydney Ernest TILLEY Sgt 1331844 RAFVR WOP/AG BB433 ? Marsh 6. E. 15 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
12 October1943 Edward James STICKLAND Sgt 1800355 RAFVR F/Eng BB433 ? Marsh 6. E. 14 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
12 October1943 Thomas James KELLY Sgt 1016325 RAFVR R/AG BB433 ? Marsh 6. E. 10 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Stanley CLEGG Corporal 800655 RAF Arm n. a. n. a. 7. G. 10 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 John George DURDEY AC1 1575433 RAFVR Fitter 2E (IIE) n. a. n. a. 3. A. 32 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Harry FREEMAN Corporal 25093 RAAF Fitter 2A (IIA) n. a. n. a. 6. E. 1 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Hugh GOLD F/Sgt 972695 RAFVR Arm/B n. a. n. a. 3. A. 26 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Charles Bruce RATCLIFFE LAC 1534083 RAFVR Arm/B n. a. n. a. 3. A. 28 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Richard David REYNOLDS AC2 1019105 RAFVR Inst/Rep II n. a. n. a. 7. G. 18 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Charles William ROBINS LAC 1129972 RAFVR Fitter ME n. a. n. a. 3. A. 29 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Harold Thomas T ROPER LAC 1275304 RAFVR Elec II n. a. n. a. 3. A. 31 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 Robert RUSTON Sgt 543587 RAF Fitter 2E n. a. n. a. 3. A. 33 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 John Oag SHEDDEN Corporal 1012766 RAFVR Arm n. a. n. a. 3. A. 27 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
20 November 1943 John Leonard SMITH LAC 932304 RAFVR Elec I n. a. n. a. 3. A. 30 Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
   

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