Warrant Officer Peter Le Rey BOUCAUT

Service No: 417450
Born: Adelaide SA, 28 March 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 May 1942
Unit: No. 215 Squadron (RAF), Basal
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 215 Squadron Dakota aircraft KN 254), Bangladesh, 7 June 1945, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Maynamati War Cemetery, Comilla, Bangladesh
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alick Le Rey Boucaut and Maud Naomi Boucaut, of Seaton Park, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Woodville SA
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On a non-operational flight on 7 June 1945 Dakota KN 254 crashed at 0730 hours on the main Dacca/Chittagong road, some 60 miles in an easterly direction from Dacca. The aircraft disintegrated in mid air in bad weather, and all on board were killed.

The crew members of KN 254 were:

Warrant Officer Peter Le Rey Boucaut (417450) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Gordon Keith Gibb (430516) (Co-Pilot)
Sergeant Andrew Stephen (1561152) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Ronald Wynne (1685260) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)

The RAF and Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) passengers all from No. 215 Squadron were:

Enrolled Follower Birai (6576) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Bishnatha (8973) (RIAF)
Leading Aircraftman Leonard Coyle (1182983) (RAFVR)
Enrolled Follower Devi Dutt (59280) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower George (58295) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Kannan (58021) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Kanshi Parshad (53812) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Madhavan (58014) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Madhavan (58018) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Muhammad (58294) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Nanu (58025)
Enrolled Follower Pherai (6575) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Raghavan (58012) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Ran Krishnan (53541) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Ramzan (6682) (RIAF)
Enrolled Follower Rustam Khan (54939) (RIAF)
Leading Aircraftman Henry Norman Sandford (1496686) (RAFVR)
Corporal Thomas Frederick Sandilands (1474071) (RAFVR)
Enrolled Follower Sarnam (6621) (RIAF)


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, 166/6/1183

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