BARRETT-LENNARD Francis Graham 427405

LEST WE FORGET 

Flight Sergeant Francis Graham BARRETT-LENNARD

Service No: 427405
Born: Beverley WA, 22 March 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 July 1942
Unit: No. 90 Squadron (RAF), RAF Tuddenham, Suffolk
Died: Air Operations: (No. 90 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ME838), Sweden, 12 September 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Malmo Eastern Municipal Cemetery, Sweden
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis and Elsie Selena Barrett-Lennard, of Beverley, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Beverley WA
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster ME838 of 90 Squadron took off from RAF Tuddenham on the night of 11 September 1944 detailed to carry out a mining operation in Stettin Bay. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.  It was presumed that the aircraft had crashed in the Baltic. The body of Flight Sergeant Barrett-Lennard was recovered from the sea near Kristianstadt, on the south east coast of Sweden.  The remaining missing crew members are recorded as having lost their lives at sea. Their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey.

The crew members of ME838 were:

Flight Sergeant Francis Graham Barrett-Lennard (427405) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Andrew Martin (430626) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Frederick John Noyes (1662098) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Pilot Officer Anthony Lambert Perrett (55959) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ralph Clifford George Phillips (932117) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flying officer George Frederick Rose (153443) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Patrick John Thompson (1852372) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/5/692

Bibliography:

Silbert, E. (Eric) Dinkum Mishpochah, Artlook Books Hay Street East WA, 1981