LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Patrick HYNES

Service No: 421734
Born: Kensington NSW, 13 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 march 1942
Unit: No. 160 Squadron (RAF), Minneriya, Sri Lanka
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 160 Squadron Liberator aircraft BZ950), near Colombo, 9 June 1945, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery, Sri Lanka
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Kathleen Hynes, of Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Hurstville War Memorial, Hurstville NSW
Remembered: Railway Remembrance Wall, Central Station, World War II Bronze Plaque, Haymarket NSW

At 0632 hours on 9 June 1945 Liberator BZ950 took off from detailed to proceed on detachment and crashed soon after take-off at Minneriya. All on board the aircraft were killed. In addition to the crew members there were ten other RAF personnel on board.

The crew members of BZ950 were:

Flying Officer Harold William Daniels (164315) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant David Davenport (1685335) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer John Patrick Hynes (421734) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Wilfred Leslie Knight (J/47880) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Derek Lumley (610301) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Matthew Muirhead Smith (R/292956) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Julian Paul Taylor (578239) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Andrew Robin Thomson (R/292869) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Eric Graham Wood (1625097) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)

No. 160 Squadron members proceeding on detachment were:

Leading Aircraftman John Colin Cameron (1558772) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Leonard Stanley Holmes (1814678) (RAFVR)
Corporal Reginald William Hubbard (1233824) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman John Vivian Harold Kitchener (1446173) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Eric John Long (3005749) (RAFVR)
Corporal Timothy John O’Riordan (650032) (RAF)
Aircraftman Class I Frank Charles Methuen Sage (1431963) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Leslie Joseph Schuler (1614614) (RAFVR)
Aircraftman Class I William Campbell Stewart (1794046) (RAFVR)
Flying Officer Walter Sykes (146518) (RAFVR)

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, 166/18/759
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line