LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Cedric Robert CROFT

Service No: 403648
Born: Newcastle NSW, 22 May 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941
Unit: No. 461 Squadron, Pembroke Dock
Died: Air Operations (No. 461 Squadron Sunderland aircraft JM707), Bay of Biscay, 30 August 1943, Aged 31 years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Fredric Robert and Emily Elizabeth Croft, of Concord, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Newcastle NSW
Remembered: Panel 187, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 108, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Memorial Gove, Newcastle NSW

Aircraft captained by Flight Lieutenant Skinner of No. 10 and Flying Officer Croft of No. 461 were lost in similar circumstances (attacks by German fighter aircraft in the Bay of Biscay) on 18th and 30th August respectively.

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Page 618

The crew members of JM707 were:

Flying Officer Gregory James Bushell (412385) (Observer)
Flying Officer Cedric Robert Croft (403648) (Pilot)
Sergeant Harold James Ferrett (921970) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer John Gamble MID (405105) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ronald George Harris (409113) (Third Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Richard James Hunter (415661) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Francis Ritchie (412700) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Horace Smedley (942515) (RAFVR) (Wireless Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Walter Stewart (1379989) (RAFVR) (Flight Mechanic Engines / Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Jack Alwyn Tamsett (412751) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant William Yeomans (415749) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9186, 148 (No. 461 Squadron Operations Record Book)
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

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Baff, K.C (Kevin), Maritime is Number Ten, K.C. Baff Netley SA, 1983
Joubert, P.B. (Sir Phillip Bennet) Birds and Fishes: the story of Coastal Command, Hutchinson and Company London, 1960
Southall, I.F. (Ivan Francis) (418900) They Shall Not Pass Unseen, Angus and Robertson Sydney NSW, 1956
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