LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Alick GREAVES

Service No: 404016
Born: Brisbane QLD, 11 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1940
Unit: No. 69 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Luqa, Malta
Died: Air Operations: (No. 69 Squadron Baltimore aircraft AG699), Central Mediterranean, 15 June 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alick and Grace Greaves, of Paddington, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Folios on the NAA file state that Flight Sergeant Greaves may have died as a POW on 28 July 1942 but later files classify his death with effect form 15 June 1942.

On 15 June 1942 Baltimore AG699 took off from RAF Luqa Malta detailed to carry out an operational sea patrol. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base.

The crew members of AG699 were:

Sergeant F W A Baum (520369) (RAF) (Pilot) PoW
Sergeant W E Finchan (R/77413) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW
Flight Sergeant Alick Greaves (404016) (Observer)
Sergeant R Purslow (1271807) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner) PoW

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/118/364