LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Donald Hunter BAIN

Service No: 404638
Born: Ayr QLD, 21 June 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1940
Unit: No. 59 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station North Cotes
Died: Air Operations: (No. 59 Squadron Hudson aircraft AM796), North Sea, 2 March 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Hunter Bain and Eva Grace Bain, of Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Townsville QLD
Remembered: Panel 109, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0855 hours on 2 March 1942 Hudson AM796 took off from North Cotes on a Reefer Patrol over the North Sea. From then nothing further heard of either the aircraft or any member of the crew.

The crew members of AM796 were:

Flying Officer Donald Hunter Bain (404638) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Winston Trevor Jones (402999) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Keith John Collinge Lauder (402510) (Pilot)
Sergeant Douglas Robert Rutherford (404203) (Air Observer)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/23/110