Flight Sergeant Archibald Cattanach DAVIDSON

Service No: 424158
Born: Vancouver, Canada, 25 August 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 7 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Oakington
Died: Air Operations: (No. 7 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PB241), Germany, 6 October 1944, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Alfred Archibald and Helen Ogilvy Davidson, of Mascot, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1502 hours on 6 October 1944 Lancaster PB241 took off from Oakington to attack the Hydrierwerke at Scholven-Buer. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. Post war enquiries by a Missing Research & Enquiry unit established that the aircraft crashed at Wissel on 6 October 1944 presumably as a result of enemy activity. Two crew members had been killed and five were Prisoners of War.

The crew members of PB241 were:

Flying Officer R G Beaune (J/99065) (RCAF) (Pilot) PoW
Flight Sergeant Archibald Cattanach Davidson (424158) (Wireless Operator Air)
Flight Sergeant F G Etheridge (R/182140) (RCAF) (Navigator) PoW
Sergeant J G Forster (10787097) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer) PoW
Pilot Officer Walter Alexander MacWilliam (J/92159) (RCAF) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant K I R Milligan (J/28254) (RCAF) (Bomb Aimer) PoW
Flight Sergeant W H Sweet (1651741) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner) PoW

In a PoW report it was stated that Flight Sergeant MacWilliam was seen to bale out but that the fate of Flight Sergeant Davidson was not known.


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/9/418

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