LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Jack Cranwell DALE

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 43284 (RAF)
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Acting Pilot Officer – 10 April 1940
Unit: No. 224 Squadron, RAF Station Leuchars, Fife
Died: Air Operations: (No. 224 Squadron Hudson I aircraft N7222), North Sea, 21 December 1940, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Dale, and of Clara Elizabeth Dale, of Kew, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 7, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Pilot Officer Dale was an Australian Cadet accepted for training by the RAF who embarked for the UK on 12 August 1939.

On 21 December 1940, Hudson N7222 took off from Leuchars at 0710 hours and later went missing during a patrol over the North Sea.

The crew members of N7222 were:

Sergeant Ronald Bracchi (550921) (RAF)
Pilot Officer Jack Cranwell Dale (43284) (RAF)
Flying Officer Peter Johnstone Jenkins MID (40713) (RAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Raymond Walter Willis (552094) (RAF)

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
McNeill, Ross RAF Coastal Command Loses of the Second World War Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1941, Midland Publications UK, 2003
Newton, Dennis A Few of the Few: Australians and the Battle of Britain, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT 2600, 1990

Bibliography:

Joubert, P.B. (Sir Phillip Bennet) Birds and Fishes: the story of Coastal Command, Hutchinson and Company London, 1960