LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer James Henry HORAN

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 41417 (RAF)
Born: Kensington NSW, 11 July 1913
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 233 Squadron, RAF Station Leuchars, Fife
Died: Air Operations: (No. 233 Squadron Hudson aircraft N7224), Norway, 31 July 1940, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas E. and Elizabeth Horan, of Kingsford, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 8, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Remembered: Battle of Britain Memorial, Westminster Abbey, London UK

On 31 July 1940, Hudson N7224 took off from Leuchars to undertake a patrol on Tracks R and Q but failed to return. It is believed that they were shot down by Ofw Arnoldy of II/JG77 off the coast of Norway.

The crew members of N7224 were:

Sergeant William Gray Cameron (548486) (RAF)
Pilot Officer James Henry Horan (41417) (RAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Samuel Morgan (539583) (RAF)
Pilot Officer Bruce Campbell Paton (42021) (RAF) (Second Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
McNeill, Ross RAF Coastal Command Loses of the Second World War Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1941, Midland Publications UK, 2003
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 32/4/75