FERGUSON Bruce McKenzie 406103

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Bruce McKenzie FERGUSON

Service No: 406103
Born: Bassendean WA, 14 July 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1940
Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAF), Feni, Bangladesh
Died: Air Operations: (No. 11 Squadron Blenheim aircraft Z9664), Feni, 17 January 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Ogilvie Ferguson and Hebe Ferguson, of Roebourne, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Middle Swan WA
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Blenheim Z9664 left Feni on 17 January 1943 an operational raid on Rathedaung village together with five other aircraft from the Squadron. The target was bombed and the aircraft commenced their return to Feni. On landing at 1745 hours at Feni Z 9664 exploded when it landed and the aircraft
completely disintegrated and burnt killing all three crew members. A 250 lb (pound) (115 kg) bomb had hung up instead of being released.

The crew members of Z9664 were:

Pilot Officer Bruce McKenzie Ferguson (406103) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Derek John Lock (406132) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer John Hunter Stevenson (402042) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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, 166/13/10