DYSON Dudley Harnett 406351

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Dudley Harnett DYSON

Service No: 406351
Born: Fremantle WA, 6 October 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 27 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales
Died: Air Operations (No. 27 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft X9862), Irish Sea, 25 February 1942, Aged 27 years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sydney and Vera Agnes Dyson; husband of Linda Margaret Dyson, of Fremantle, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Fremantle WA
Remembered: Panel 112, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Wellington X9682 of No 27 Operational Training Unit took off from RAF Valley at night on 25 February 1942, on a cross country training flight. The aircraft was last heard from in the vicinity of Squires Gate, Wales, at 2256 hours when an SOS message was received over the Irish Sea between Valley and Liverpool. The aircraft did not return to base, and subsequent air/sea rescue searches found no trace of the missing aircraft or crew. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1948 that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of X9682 were:

Sergeant Dudley Harnett Dyson (406351) (Pilot)
Sergeant Arthur Peter Roy Hargrave (402302) (Observer)
Sergeant Roy Gordon Harkins (403788) (RNZAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Raymond Corlett Madge (407946) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Sidney John Rex Parsons (404598) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Colin Geoffrey Veal (406335) (Second Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/104/102