Flying Officer Raymond ARNOLD

Service No: 429006
Born: Parramatta NSW, 12 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 October 1942
Unit: No. 7 Squadron, Higgins Field QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 7 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-220), Arafura Sea, 13 June 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur George and Minnie Arnold, of Manly Vale, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Manly NSW
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Manly ANZAC War Memorial, Manly NSW

On 13 June 1944, Beaufort A9-220 went missing on an anti-submarine patrol from Higgins Field QLD over the Arafura Sea. The aircraft is reported to have crashed at 1400 hours at position 1108S 13814E. HMAS Inverell was in the vicinity, reported the crash and conducted an unsuccessful search. The crew members of A9-220 were:

Flying Officer Raymond Arnold (429006) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer William Ross Blain (432648) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Frederick Cobden Davies (424386) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Owen Gilbert Keats (410899) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 248
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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