Flight Sergeant Alan Milne DUGGELBY

Service No: 418928
Born: Leongatha VIC, 12 January 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 June 1942
Unit: No. 102 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Pocklington
Died: Air Operations: (No. 102 Squadron Halifax aircraft MZ642), Netherlands, 17 June 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Steenderen General Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Revd. John Taylor Duggleby and Helen Eliza Duggleby, of North Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Geelong VIC
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2312hours on the night of 16 June 1944 Halifax MZ642 took off from Pocklington detailed to bomb Strekrade, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at 0200 hours near Steenderen, 9 kms south of Zutphen. The aircraft exploded on impact and five of the crew members were killed and two were taken prisoner.

The crew members of MZ642 were:

Pilot Officer Adam John McDowall Barr (177680) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Joseph Bender (1867969) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Fred Bowman (1594409) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant W Chapman (1498555) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner) PoW
Flight Sergeant Alan Milne Duggleby (418928) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant J F Tweed (744733) (RAFVR) (Navigator) PoW
Sergeant Hubert Jack Wakeford (1397471) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 166/10/255

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