LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Lincoln Clapcott DADDS

Service No: 417622
Born: Adelaide SA, 12 February 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 June 1942
Unit: No. 228 Squadron (RAF), RAF Pembroke Dock, Dyfed
Died: Air Operations (No. 228 Squadron Sunderland aircraft ML880), Bay of Biscay, 12 June 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Robert and Annie Clara Dadds; husband of Eileen Mavis Dadds, of St. Peters, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 257, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Sunderland ML880 of 228 Squadron took off from RAF Pembroke Dock at 1810 hours on 11 June 1944, to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. It was due back at base at 0725 hours on 12 June, but failed to return. No signals were received from the aircraft and it was assumed that it was shot down by either enemy surface craft or U boat, and that the crew were all lost at sea. A German broadcast was heard the following day claiming that two Sunderlands had been shot down in the Bay of Biscay area.

The crew members of ML880 were:

Sergeant John Frederick Bleach (1454007) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Sergeant William Henry Carr (995871) (RAFVR) (Fitter Mechanic Airframe/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Cyril Oscar Channing (1337189) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Flight Sergeant Harold James Chester (964552) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Lincoln Clapcott Dadds (417622) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer John Andrew Foubister (551883) (RAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant David Hywel Griffiths (100547) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner – G)
Flying Officer Ronald Lancelot Griffin (151219) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant William Patterson (1082935) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Lewis Segaloff (1641425) (RAFVR) (Fitter Mechanic Engines/Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Mervyn Edward Slaughter (J/7616) (RCAF) (Pilot)

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, 166/9/327