LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Walter Lawrence JUNGE

Service No: 411713
Born: Kandos NSW, 12 May 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1941
Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RCAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 11 Squadron Hudson aircraft PW454), Atlantic Ocean, 25 September 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William and Sarah Emma Junge; husband of Joyce Ethel Junge, of Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Kandos NSW
Remembered: Panel 2, Column 1, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cootamundra War Memorial, Cootamundra NSW

At 0845 hours on 25 September 1942 Hudson PW454 took off from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to carry out an anti-submarine patrol. The aircraft had a 10 hour maximum endurance and was expected to return at about 1300 hours, but failed to do so. Contact by wireless was unsuccessful, and searches over the next 3 days failed to reveal any trace of the missing aircraft or crew.

The crew members of PW454 were:

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Ronald Booth (C/1446) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Walter Lawrence Junge (411473) (Observer)
Pilot Officer David McGillvray Knowles (J/8822) (RCAF) (Observer)
Pilot Officer Charles Gordon Sawyer (J/12896) (RCAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Douglas Selig (R/76126) (RCAF) (Wireless Operator/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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/39/60
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line