LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer Donald Eric HUNT

Service No: 423125
Born: Bathurst NSW, 31 March 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 June 1942
Unit: No. 4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Sunderland aircraft DP178), off the Scottish Coast, 14 March 1945, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Revd. Harry Charles Hunt and Gertrude Hunt, of Buranda, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Stockton NSW
Remembered: Panel 283 Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Newcastle Boys High School Memorial Entrance World War II, Waratah NSW

On a non-operational flight on 14 March 1945, Sunderland DP178 went missing with its last reported position 75 miles south east of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Islands.

The crew members of DP178 were:

Flying Officer Peter Warren Berry (174490) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer I Stephen Gordon Campbell (R/92380) (RCAF)
Flight Sergeant Eric Dwyer (R/264718) (RCAF)
Warrant Officer I Walter Gill (R/142701) (RCAF)
Warrant Officer Donald Eric Hunt (423125) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Ernest William McCready (R/108312) (RCAF)
Flying Officer Arthur Bowker Smith McElroy (J/25428) (RCAF)
Flight Lieutenant Joseph Marcel Jacques Powell (J/21587) (RCAF)
Flight Lieutenant Arthur Gordon Rawland (C/1841) (RCAF)
Flight Sergeant William Merser Richmond (R/225463) (RCAF)
Flight Sergeant Edgar Walter Sivell (R/271248) (RCAF)

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 A9301, 423125
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line
On Line Sources